2 Manatee women arrested on child neglect charges

MANATEE - Two sisters were arrested this morning, after sheriff's detectives spotted their three toddlers playing near the street, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 9:55 a.m., the detectives were driving along the 4000 block of Ninth Avenue West on their way to a call in east Bradenton, when they saw the children - ages 2, 2 and 1 - about seven feet from the roadway with no supervision, a news release states.

One of the mothers, Mayra Medina, was inside the residence in bed. She told the detectives that her sister, Luz Aguilar-Contreras, was suppose to be watching the children. Detectives said Aguilar was in another bedroom and that appeared to have just woken up, the sheriff's office said.

Detectives said the children were dirty and wearing urine-soaked diapers, and that they hadn't been fed this morning, according to the report.

Medina, 19, and Aguilar-Contreras, 21, were arrested on charges of child neglect.

The children were placed with their fathers.