JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three children are out of the hospital after telling police their mother gave them pills.
Their mother, Liara McGlothan, is in jail for aggravated child abuse.
Neighbors said they have been concerned about the children's safety for months.
"It had me crying tears," one neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said. "I mean why you gonna to do your kids like that?"
McGlothan is in jail with no bond for aggravated child abuse, after a DCF investigator and JSO officers found her and her three children unresponsive in her Washington Heights apartment.
"Haven't seen anything like this in all the years that I've been here," said John Harrell, Department of Children and Families spokesperson.
Harrell said DCF was contacted after McGlothan was involuntarily hospitalized under the Baker Act at the beginning of the month. The agency began an investigation but initially found no evidence of abuse or neglect.
A tip prompted a DCF investigator to visit the home again Saturday, where the children, a 3-year-old girl and two boys, ages 7 and 11, were found unresponsive and hospitalized for tests.
The children told police they were given "red vitamins" and "white pills that tasted nasty" and "they would sleep for a long time," according to a police report.
"I can't recall seeing a case where we've seen children getting this level of medication where they would be passed out," Harrell said.
The neighbors did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation, but said they've witnessed increasingly erratic behavior from the mother of three.
"It's not the first time this happened," one neighbor said. "It's an ongoing thing."
The neighbors said in recent months, McGlothan's kids stopped going outside as well.
"My most concern was the kids and that's mostly everybody's concern was with the kids," a neighbor said. "And that's what made everybody take time to go try to knock, try to at least see what's going on, and she wasn't trying to give nobody no contact, nothing."
Harrell wouldn't say if the children are staying with family or in temporary foster care for the time being.
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