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Three children left alone walk to police station

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FARMINGTON, N.H. (WHDH) -

Three children under age 6 wandered into a New Hampshire police station. Officers said they woke up in their home alone and just wanted a ride to school.

In a Farmington police video, three young children knocked on the door, desperate to find a police officer.

"They get ready to leave, then as they’re leaving they hear an officer coming to the door and the officer arrives, obviously to his surprise, and brings them inside," Chief Kevin Willey of the Farmington, NH Police Dept. said.

The children, two boys, five and four, and a one-year-old girl walked to the station from their home about 200 yards away.

"The one-year-old, the little girl, had her boots on but they were on the wrong feet. They had coats on but they weren’t able to be zipped. You can imagine having a 5-year-old, the 5 year old really isn’t able to zip a coat," Chief Willey said.

After getting dressed they headed to their preschool, about two miles away. Along the way, they had a change of plans and instead went to the police department to see if they could get a ride.

The children were not hurt and the officers served them breakfast.

The police video also shows their mother, identified as Katarina Short, arriving at the station about an hour later after receiving several voicemails from police.

She told police she left the kids with a sitter so she could run errands. Police said no one had been called to take care of the children.

In fact, police believe based on how the five-year-old took charge, the youngsters may have been in this situation before.

"5-year-olds generally should concern themselves with cartoons and snacks. To be thinking about taking on that nurturing care-taking role is something that in a way it's heartening to see, in a way it's very disheartening to see because he had to get to that point somewhere along the way for a reason," Chief Willey said.

Police arrested the mother and charged the 26-year-old with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The children are in foster care. Short has been allowed supervised visits.

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