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Infant and toddler left home alone strapped into car seats

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BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A mother is accused of leaving her infant and toddler home alone, strapped into car seats late Sunday as she went to work at a nursing home.

Detectives say the children are now safe and in the custody of Mahoning County children services.

Kacee Rae Moser, 24, turned herself in to township police Tuesday afternoon.

She did not respond to questions from 21 News and attempted to shield her face from news cameras with a red sweater over her head as she was escorted out of the police station in handcuffs to be transported to the courtroom.

She's charged with two counts of endangering children and two counts of abduction.

Det. Lt. Eric Dattilo says the abduction charge is related to restraining the children in their car seats.

"Without any purpose, she restrained her kids and put them at risk of physical harm," Dattilo explains.

Chief Carl Frost tells 21 News the situation could have turned out horribly wrong.

"If there would have been a fire or somebody broke into that house..." he begins. "Imaginations could run wild for what could have happened."

Someone called and tipped off police that they should check out Moser's South Avenue residence out of concern for her two little boys. One is 3 years-old and the other is 9 months-old.

"[The caller] became concerned that she might be leaving her kids alone at night when she goes to work so she did some investigating herself," Datillo says. "I believe she saw the kids inside the house and they seemed to be alone, so she called Beaver Police."

When officers arrived, they found no adult at home but could see the children through the front window. Police made entry into the home and found the children in the living room. They were conscious, but the 3-year-old was soaked in urine and feces.

Moser is already familiar to police here. Officers have responded to her home on numerous occasions for domestic violence related calls involving a possible boyfriend, and she's currently facing a charge of receiving stolen property.

Detectives say, in the stolen property case, she put a stolen license plate on her car.

There was also an incident where a rental company wanted to repossess furniture from Moser and they called police saying she allegedly pulled a gun on them. Detectives say it was a BB gun, no charges were filed.

As Moser stood before a judge for her initial appearance in court, her attorney asked the judge for a "reasonable bond" of $18,000. The prosecutor rebutted that Moser has five outstanding bench warrants including one for failing to appear in court.

Moser is currently jailed on a $75,000 bond.

Meanwhile, Moser's employer, Hampton Woods nursing home on East Western Reserve Road in New Springfield issued a statement to 21 WFMJ. Administrator Jennifer Connolly says quote: "She (Moser) as well as all of our employees at Hampton Woods go through a pre-employment background check, both FBI and BCI, and she had no offenses at that time. During her employment we had no reports of any misappropriations of our residents. In lieu of recent events she is no longer employed at our facility."

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