Mother charged after 3 children found alone in filthy Albany Park home

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The mother of three young children found living in squalor in Albany Park is in custody. (WLS)

The mother of three young children found living alone in filthy conditions has been charged, Chicago police said Sunday morning.

The children are 3, 5, and 7 years old. Police discovered the children after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen about the children at about 6 p.m. Saturday They were in an apartment building in the 5000-block of North Harding Avenue on the North Side.

The mother, identified as 31-year-old Maria Cortez, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor child endangerment

The children were transported to Swedish Hospital where they were evaluated.

"No one was home and they were left alone," said neighbor Luisa Johnston. "That's sad and that's dangerous because they're babies."

DCFS is investigating.
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