JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Wednesday Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced his office decided not to file charges against Tiffany Smith. In April, Smith was the arrested for child endangerment for leaving her four children overnight to work full time. The single mom told police she left the 11 year old in charge of the younger three.
Smith told KAIT TV that she had been suspended from her job at Wal-Mart pending the outcome of the charges. Smith says her children were temporarily removed from the home by the Department of Human Services, which is routine.
In a statement Ellington said, "There were two factors that weighed heavily in making this decision. First, it is my understanding that if Ms. Smith had been convicted in this case, her employment relationship would have been terminated. Secondly, the Department of Human Services opened a protective services case with this family and DHS will continue to monitor them. I commend the Jonesboro police officers who were involved in this case for taking the actions they deemed necessary for the safety of Ms. Smith's children at the time."
Smith, a single mother, told Region 8 News she moved to Jonesboro from Kansas City for a full time job at Wal-Mart. The family had been living in a shelter until their move to Arkansas. After the story of her arrest first aired, community support grew for Smith and her children.
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