Charges: Mother left children alone in apartment 'unfit for habitation' without food

March 05, 2019 10:21 PM

A Little Canada woman has been charged with two crimes, one of them a felony,  after authorities say she left three children alone in an apartment that was unfit for human habitation, according to court records. 

A criminal complaint states Stormie Marie Gysbers  has been charged with one count of child endangerment and one count of child neglect. 

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According to the criminal complaint, Ramsey County sheriff's deputies were called on Friday to an apartment in Little Canada after learning a 5-year-old, 2-year-old and 6-month-old were by themselves in the apartment all day. 

Gysbers' sister went to the apartment after her mother was unable to get ahold of Stormie. When she arrived at the apartment, her 5-year-old nephew said that Gysbers had been gone all day.

Both the 5-year-old and the 2-year-old told their aunt they were very hungry and had not eaten all day, the complaint said. Court documents go on to say the only food found in the apartment was dry pasta and sauce, and no formula for the 6-month-old was found. 

The complaint also said the apartment was covered with garbage and feces. Deputies concluded the apartment was "unfit for habitation." 


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Witnesses told police the children often wander the halls of the apartment complex begging for food. They knocked on Jasmine Whitaker's door several different times.

"For the kids to suffer from two adults the way that they did is ridiculous," she said.

Gysbers was later arrested at the home of her boyfriend's mother in Oakdale. 

When reached by telephone Tuesday, Gysbers' mother, who doesn't want to be identified, said her grandkids are in a safe place and she is prepared to raise them. 

She went on to say her daughter's boyfriend should also be held accountable.

"They both lived there, they're both accountable for the children, they both did what they did and they're both at fault, not just my daughter," she said.

Gysbers will have another hearing in court next month. Her boyfriend was not named in the complaint because he has not been charged. 

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