Mercedes Behena, 33, left for work just after 8 a.m. with her two children still asleep in their Whispering Woods Apartment Complex unit, according to police.
After receiving a 911 call, the Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services arrived at the complex to find the apartment surrounded in smoke and heard the children’s cries, investigators said.
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Emergency personnel rescued the children and took them to WellStar Cobb Hospital, where they were treated for smoke inhalation and released to state custody, police said.
Behena was arrested on charges of reckless conduct and child neglect. However, she was not listed in the Cobb County Jail’s records.