A stepmother living in Perth has been charged after leaving two young children home alone for three days and flying out of the country.
The children, aged four and six, were found in Cloverdale after police gained access to the house via an unlocked door last week.
The 28-year-old woman, who is said to be living in a de facto relationship with the children's father, is not their biological mother.
She allegedly left the children at home the day before she flew out of Australia. Arriving back in Western Australia, she was promptly detained and arrested at Perth International Airport.
'It will be alleged both parents were overseas at the time the officers entered the property,' a police spokeswoman said. 'The children were subsequently removed from the property and placed into appropriate care.'
The father is believed to have already been elsewhere overseas.
The woman was charged with two counts of engaging in conduct which could result in harm to a child in a person's care and control.
She is due in court on June 22.