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WBTA News has learned more today about the Alexander mother accused of drinking herself into a stupor, and completely losing track of her children.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Walker says 31-year-old Jolene Goodell of Attica Road was drinking at her own home on Monday evening. Her 10 and 7-year-old daughters were home with her, but left the house and walked over to the neighbors' place, telling the folks next door that mommy couldn’t make them dinner right now.

Jolene had also apparently gotten into a shouting match with one of the youngsters.

The neighbors called 911, and lawmen showed up and found Jolene Goodell alone.

"We asked her where her children were," says Sgt. Walker, "and she originally said she didn't know. Then she said she'd last seen them about 30-45 minutes ago...and then she said she was playing 'hide-&-go-seek' with them."

Of course, there was no game being played. Walker and his partner slapped the cuffs on Goodell and charged her with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

She was jailed in lieu of $1,500 bail. The children are reportedly doing just fine today, and were not harmed during the entire incident.


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