WESLEY CHAPEL — A 28-year-old man is accused of leaving twin 1-year-olds home alone for hours in their cribs while he went to Tampa to visit with a friend.
The babies were in the care of Bradley Andrew Johnson on Oct. 22 while the children's mother left for an appointment, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
The mother, Katie Krivan, was involved in a hit-and-run crash about 2:30 p.m. in Hillsborough County, and deputies found her a half-hour later "passed out behind the wheel of the family car," the report said.
The children's grandparents, who owned the car, were notified of the crash. They contacted Johnson, who told them he'd left the children home alone.
"Don't tell the cops the kids are home alone," Johnson told the grandparents, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. "We're already in enough trouble."
The grandparents raced to the Wesley Chapel home and found the twins alone, "crying in their cribs with soiled diapers," the report said.
There was also a candle burning in the home.
Johnson initially told deputies he left the kids alone for only 5 to 10 minutes while he responded to the crash. He also said he arranged for the grandparents to watch the twins — which the grandparents said was not true.
Johnson later told deputies he left the twins alone for about three hours as he "hung out" with a friend.
With Johnson and Krivan initially giving different versions of events, it took time for deputies to sort out which adult left the children alone. Using cellphone records, detectives determined Johnson was the last one home with the twins, sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said.
Johnson, of 6757 Boulder Run Loop, was charged Dec. 7 with child neglect and booked Friday at the Land O'Lakes jail. He was released on $1,000 bail.