Yonkers mom forced kids to panhandle, police say

A Yonkers mom pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges for allegedly forcing her five children to beg for money.

Police say Antoinette Jones, 37, claims she was on public assistance. The panhandling was discovered by police when one of Jones' children was reported missing at a supermarket Monday. They say when they arrived at the supermarket, Jones' older daughter told them her mother made them walk several miles to beg for money. Police say the teen also claimed her mother frequently forced them to walk to stores to beg for money. The teen told police they would sometimes go home with $30 to $40 at a time.

Jones was released without bail and was issued an order of protection barring her from her kids.

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