Mother arrested on child endangerment charges

November 06, 2003

LANCASTER - A Cartersville woman who allegedly left her four children alone in a house that caught fire is facing criminal charges.

According to Kentucky State Police spokesman Chris Lanham, Donna A. Robinson, of Gabbard Road, had started cooking Monday evening when she left the house, leaving the children home alone.

"She left for some reason, we don't know why," Lanham said.

A short time later, a neighbor noticed that the house was on fire and called 911. A state trooper located Robinson's car alongside Ky. 52, he said.

"She went to Lancaster, and had driven off the road," he said.

State Trooper Scott King made the arrest, Lanham said, and was not available for additional information.

Robinson was taken into custody and charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. She was lodged in the Lincoln County Regional Jail. A jail spokesman said she was released Tuesday on her own recognizance.


Cartersville Fire Chief David Day said the children were able to put out the fire before firefighters arrived. The house had heavy smoke damage, he said.

The children were taken to their aunt's house and state Social Services was contacted, Lanham said.

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