Mom Charged for Children Left Alone in Detroit Hotel Room

On March 28, 2018, Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Michelle Penick, 24 (DOB: 05/04/1993), with two counts of Child Abuse - Second Degree*. On March 27, 2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Penick is alleged to have left her two young children alone in a hotel room in the 20000 block of James Couzens Freeway in Detroit. While Detroit police officers were investigating a shooting that occurred in front of the hotel, they observed a bullet hole in the window a hotel room. When they did a well-being check of the room, the children were discovered unsupervised. The children were placed with Child Protective Services. The mother was placed under arrest later on the same day.

On March 30, 2018, Defendant Penick was arraigned and received a $150,000 cash/surety bond. Her probable cause conference is on April 10, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. and her preliminary examination is on April 16, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston in 36th District Court.

*The charges are allegations unless and until the defendant is convicted.