SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A mother behind bars defended herself after, officers say, drivers nearly hit her two toddlers who were spotted wandering in a busy street. Both parents are now behind bars at the Sacramento County Jail.

“We try to take the best care of our children as we can,” said Oksana Lyamin.

But cops say that care wasn’t good enough. That is why Lyamin and her boyfriend are behind bars.

“If I would have known, I would have never let the situation happen,” said Oksana.

Police say that on Sunday night Lyamin’s 3-year-old and 1-year-old sons were wandering in the middle of the street. A driver who nearly hit them called 911.

“It was a misunderstanding. I love my children,” said Lyamin. “They were with me all the time,” she added.

Lyamin claims she and her boyfriend, Pavel Ojeyivich, asked a teenaged family member to watch their kids while they took a nap inside their Del Paso Heights home, but she thinks that family member didn’t understand the request

“I thought she was watching my kids so somebody must have opened the gates because there’s so many people living in the house,” she said.

The baby and toddler were found blocks away from their home by cops who eventually woke Oksana and her boyfriend up and placed them in handcuffs.

“We live in a dangerous world, how do you just let them go like that?” said a neighbor.

Neighbors were shocked, wondering about the children now with CPS.

“I can’t imagine how they must feel emotionally because they know who their parents are and now they’re not with their parents,” she added.

Oksana meanwhile plans on fighting the charges and reuniting with her kids.

“I want my children to be with me because I love them. I would never, never let them go outside if I wasn’t out there,” said Oksana.

Pavel Ojeyivich and Oksana Lymin are accused of abusing or endangering the health of a child. Pavel didn’t want to speak with CBS13. Police have not released his photo.

Comments (8)
  1. backintheUSSR says:

    It’s okay to let your children wander in the soviet union.

  2. anastasia wilson says:

    their from Ukraine big diffrence

  3. rmcsticks says:

    come to america where you can do stupid things and sue the state and live happly ever after. WHY DO WE KEEP ENABLING THE LAZY PEOPLE

  4. Peanut says:

    Please. Let these people out of jail and give their children back. This was an accident. They should have gotten a slap on the wrist and told not to do this again. That is unless they have a history of doing things like this. If not. Let it go, case closed. Stop wasting resources on this.

  5. Lera says:

    First of all the is no more Soviet Union,and they are not from Ukraine.They are from Russia.America is like Fascists.Whats that taking kids from their parents?they are so cruel!no other countrys do that.And what they do is take the kids from their parent and give them to gay couples.A very wierd country….I think the district attorney should give the couple a chanse becouse the kids wont love nobody like they love their own mother

  6. ashley says:

    I really don’t understand how people (some of you, not all) can sit and pass judgement on people that you don’t even know. I can speak on this, you know why? Because I actually KNOW Paul and Roxy (as their FRIENDS refer to them), and they would never let those boys come into harm intentionally. It is because of those children that they strive to be better people every single day of their lives. Have you ever asked someone to do something and then they didn’t follow through? I’m sure you have. That’s what happened here. It’s not like they opened the front door and the gate to the yard, left their children outside and went to sleep. There’s nothing to be made of this besides a huge, sad misunderstanding. Obviously the authorities agree, or they wouldn’t have been let out of jail yesterday.

  7. disgusted says:

    A three year old and one year old, blocks from home at night almost run over is nothing, boy you are really an idiot, why didn’t these wonderful parents put the children to bed first. They certainly were careless to ask an irresponsible person to watch the kids. All she cared about was hopping in bed for sex with her BOYFRIEND, could not wait until the babes were safe in their beds. What crum bums. Send them back to Russia we have enough child neglectors in the USA already.

  8. getoutofhere says:

    Ok Lera pack your bags and get your worthless self back to Russia or where ever your from. What are YOU doing here, you get the h–l out of the USA you don’t belong here go back to where you first belonged, get going, hurry up, no worthless traitors allowed, the USA is not weird YOU ARE WIERD.

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