Mother pleads guilty to leaving twin toddlers alone in locked bedroom
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem woman was sentenced to five months in prison after pleading guilty to charges that she left her 3-year-old twins in a locked bedroom for several hours, covered in urine and feces.
Betrice Monique Tribble, 22, of Highland Avenue, entered guilty pleas today in Forsyth District Court to two counts of misdemeanor child abuse and one count of misdemeanor resisting a public officer by giving a false name.
Judge Gordon Miller of Forsyth District Court sentenced Tribble to a total of 150 days, or five months, in the Forsyth County Jail on the child abuse charges. He gave Tribble a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail on the resisting a public officer charge and placed her on supervised probation for 18 months.
Winston-Salem police officers responded to Tribble’s apartment on March 29 after getting a report of someone brandishing a weapon. When they arrived, they received information that there were children left unattended in the apartment, Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious said.
The officers went into the apartment and upstairs to the second floor, where they found a shoe string tying the knob of a bedroom to the banister of the stairwell. The officers cut the string and opened the door, discovering Tribble’s children – Asaiah, a boy, and Armani, a girl – covered in urine and feces, Chavious said.
The walls were smeared in feces and included hand prints, indicating that the children had been playing in their own feces.
Police said in a report that the children could have been left alone in the apartment for as long as a day.
The children are now in the care of Tribble’s mother, Chavious said.
Janet Pauca, Tribble’s attorney, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.