Grandmother leaves 4-year-old granddaughter home alone so she could “go get high”

By Terri Hill | September 15, 2018

Police have charged a 4-year-old’s grandmother with leaving the child home alone for at least two hours while the woman went to use drugs.

Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint filed Friday that around 7:30 a.m. the child while walking by herself down Montezuma Street and “flagged down,” Lisa Hill as she was driving to an East End daycare center where she works.


Ms. Hill told police she drove the child to her house in the 1300 block of Pointview and after knocking on the door several times determined no one was home. She then drove the child to her daycare center and called police.

Two police officers were eventually able to gain entry into the home through a basement door that was open and after searching the house determined no one was home.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. the child’s grandmother, Selina Sapps, 55, of Pittsburgh, arrived home and told police she had left the girl with a woman named “Teira,” while she “Went to East Liberty to get high and meet a friend,” the complaint alleged.

According to police Sapps told them she had known “Tiera” for only “a few months and that she did not know her last name or phone number.” Police brought the child to Zone 5 and turned her over to her mother.

Sapps is charged with one felony count of endangering the welfare of children. She was booked into the Allegheny County Jail on Friday and is ordered to appear for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 26.

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