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  • Three small children were found alone in a New Jersey apartment after ICE knocked on the door to serve a warrant, officials say[hhmc]

  • Hackettstown PD says they were helping ICE serve a warrant to to Luis Froilan Ortega-Calle, when a little girl opened the door June 27[hhmc]

  • Cops allegedly found 3 kids under the age of 6 who were left unsupervised as their parents worked overnight[hhmc]

Three small children were found home alone in a New Jersey apartment after ICE knocked on the door to serve a warrant, law enforcement officials say.

According to the Hackettstown Police Department, on June 27, shortly after 8 a.m., officers were helping U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve a warrant to Luis Froilan Ortega-Calle who lived on Main Street. When officers knocked on the door, a 6-year-old girl answered, police say.

Officers allegedly observed that the apartment was disheveled and unclean, ultimately determining that the girl was left alone with her 9-month-old and 3-year-old sisters.

According to police, while standing outside, officers saw Ortega-Calle, 30, and Josselyn Eneida DeLeon-Garcia, 26, turn the alley next to Marleys Gotham Grill onto Main Street. When they saw the officers and agents, they allegedly turned around and ran, until officers caught up with them.

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Ortega-Calle was taken into custody by ICE agents.

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A subsequent investigation revealed that Ortega-Calle and DeLeon-Garcia left their children unsupervised while they went to work overnight from about 11:30 p.m. June 26 to about 8:30 a.m. June 27.

The Division of Child Protection and Permanency took custody of the children from the scene.

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The couple was charged with three counts of second-degree child neglect.

It is not immediately clear if they retained attorneys to comment on the charges.

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