PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local mother is facing charges for allegedly leaving five young children under the age of 7 home alone.

Sharon Trembulak, 33, is facing five counts of endangering the welfare of children after officers found the children ages 1, 3, 4 and 7-year-old twins alone in a Lawrenceville home early this morning.

She told police she left her kids alone for only 15 minutes Sunday night, but officers say they got a different story from the children.

Neighbors say Trembulak appears to be a good mom.

“I think she’s a very nice lady and the children are very polite and they come out and they say, ‘Hello. Good morning,’” Bob Fennessy, her next-door neighbor, said.

One of the twins answered the door at midnight and told police their mom went out at 10 p.m. The youngest were asleep and the twins were watching TV.

Trembulak turned up after officers used her cell phone to contact her. She told them she was just picking up her boyfriend at a pizza shop at 45th and Butler Streets.

“Sometimes she has all the children with her and sometimes she goes out by herself and as far as I know, she’s had a number of babysitters,” Fennessy said.

Trembulak was arraigned and released on her on recognizance. Her five children have been placed in the care of a family member.

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