Victor Alonzo King, a North Carolina father of 5, is in jail facing child abuse charges for allegedly leaving his kids at home all day while he went to work. According to court documents, the children’s ages are listed as 8, 7, 5, 3 and 1.

ABC11 reports that King works at a Chipotle in Raleigh, NC. He claims he left the kids in the care of a neighbor, who apparently left them alone with no supervision.

He pleaded with a judge this week, explaining he needed to return to work because he’s the sole provider for his family since his wife is very ill. “Two weeks ago my wife was diagnosed with stage four cancer. And I’m practically like her only way to pay for all of her medical bills,” he said. “So I was wondering if I could get out early and I can still work so I won’t lose my job so I can still pay for her medical expenses.”

However, the request was denied and his bond is currently set at $25,000.

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