DESTIN – A 34-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were charged with child neglect after deputies found young children alone at night without a phone.

One of the children told Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies that she had a phone but she’d given it to one of the adults who’d run out of minutes, the report said.

The woman told deputies that she’d gone to the hospital to be with a friend having her fifth child. The man was at work, they said.

Deputies determined that the children were at home for approximately two hours late on the evening of July 7.

The children told deputies they’d been alone the day before, too.

Deputies found marijuana, a glass pipe and a clear jar with a green leafy substance in it.

Each of the adults claimed responsibility for the drugs and paraphernalia, and the female suspect told deputies the children would never have touched the items.

The drugs and paraphernalia were easily accessible to the children.