DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It has been nearly two weeks since eight children were dropped off at a Dallas fire station, and their mother is set to appear in court on Friday. The kids — between the ages of 2 and 12 — were allegedly left unattended by the mom, and two neighbors took the kids to Fire Station 33.

The firefighter paramedics were shocked on April 28, when the two women brought eight children to them after midnight. Those two neighbors said that they had seen enough. The kids were left alone in the early morning hours, the women said, adding that this was not the first time they were left unsupervised.

The family had been living in a duplex along Marsalis Avenue in Dallas, which is owned by a church called New Life. The church pastor said that she was trying to help the mother get back on her feet by providing housing to the large family.

Child Protective Services is now caring for the eight children. The hearing on Friday will determine if the kids can return to their mother’s care.

It is not yet known if the mother will be charged with anything, but the Dallas Police Department has been investigating the case.

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