WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA. (WRCB) -- A Whitfield County mother will spend a year in jail for leaving her children home alone while she went to work.

A judge sentenced Codie Ball to another seven years of probation.

An officer found a bench blocking the door, a small boy on the floor and a baby crying.

An older girl in the home told police their mother had gone to work at a convenience store.

Prosecutors dropped the more serious charge of abandonment, because they didn't believe it was long-term.