Mom accused of leaving 6 kids home alone while she volunteered at school’s bingo fundraiser

Posted at 5:54 PM, May 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-27 10:21:06-04

Norfolk, Va. - A Norfolk mom is accused of leaving her six young children home alone, according to police. They said they found her at a bingo hall.

NewsChannel 3 met up with the woman's husband on Tuesday.

Robert Vela said, "I need to be supportive of my wife.”

The mother of six is accused of leaving her children home alone.

Amy Vela was arrested on May 18th. The kids range in age from 10 years old to just 5 months, according to police.

"I am trying to be polite, this is just something I can’t talk about. I definitely don’t want to be rude to anyone because it would be awesome if I could just tell amazing things to the news and put it out there like that, but the lawyer specifically said not to do that,” says Vela.

The lawyer has not yet returned our calls. But Tuesday, we looked at court documents.

They state Amy Vela told authorities she left the kids with a neighbor but didn’t know the man’s name then said she left the kids home alone and that the neighbor was supposed to check on them.

Police said they tracked her down at Interstate Bingo, which is about four and a half miles from her house.

That's the same place where Christ the King School hosts bingo fundraising efforts twice a week.

Parents are asked to volunteer 20 hours of their time.

The principal of the school tells NewsChannel 3 that Amy was not scheduled to volunteer that night but came to help out anyway.

Robert Vela said their family has received a lot of support despite her arrest.

He said, "Huge support from our community, from our circle and our friends.” The kids were taken from the home when this happened last week, according to police.

We contacted CPS today asking about the status of the case but they would not comment.

The school says parents are encouraged to volunteer at the bingo hall but can be excused if there are special circumstances and call this situation unfortunate.