Mother arrested after allegedly leaving three children at Bloomington library for hours

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (March 31, 2016) – A woman in Bloomington was arrested after police say she left her three children unattended at the library for six hours.

Police were dispatched to the Monroe County Public Library in the 300 block of East Kirkwood Avenue around 6 p.m. on Wednesday after a young boy called 911 because he couldn’t find his mom.

When an officer arrived at the scene, a library security officer directed the officer to three children under the age of 9.

According to court documents, the officer asked the children where their mother was, but none of them answered. An employee at the library told police she had seen the children there since 10:30 a.m.

Police attempted to locate the children’s mother in the library, but they were unable to find her.

A short time later, a car pulled up into the parking lot, and the children told the officer that was their mother. The officer questioned the woman, later identified as Genelle Collay, 29. Collay told the officer she didn’t need to give him any information about herself because it was a risk to her security and she wasn’t under arrest.

Collay entered the library to retrieve her children, and the officer tried to stop her. When Collay tried to walk out with her children, the officer grabbed her wrist; she began screaming and yelling, and she told one of her children to get out his phone to record the incident, court documents say.

Additional officers arrived and they placed Collay under arrest.

During an interview with police, Collay allegedly told officers she dropped her children off at the library around noon.

Collay was charged with neglect of a dependent and resisting law enforcement.