TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A mother accused of doing drugs, then leaving her children home alone with a dead man appears in court.
Telissa True, 41, was formally charged Wednesday with two felonies and a misdemeanor in this bizarre case.
Police said Telissa True smoked methamphetamine at her Terre Haute home with her twin 6-year-old children inside.
True then left her children with her friend, 38-year-old Jamie Brown, who was then sleeping on the couch.
At some point, Brown died.
Police said True left her children with the body.
"Leaving them home alone with someone deceased on your couch while you're out smoking methamphetamine it's not a good situation, let alone for a child," Terre Haute Police Sergeant Jason Czupryn said.
Police said the next morning True called police, hours after discovering Brown's death and lied about leaving the children home alone with him.
True talked exclusively to News 10 on her way out of the courtroom.
She said she loved her friend, Jamie Brown and denies the charges.
"I did not leave my children with someone who I knew was deceased," True said. "He was a very good friend of mine, he was a family friend, he babysat for me all the time. I thought they were all asleep."
Police said Brown's death is not considered suspicious or self-inflicted, no word yet on what caused his death.
True did ask for her bond to be reduced, but at this time she remains in the Vigo County Jail on $25,000 cash bond.
True is expected back in court Monday.
She's charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent and false informing.
According to records, True has a history of drug charges.
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