A mother was cited for child abuse after police say she left her five young children alone in a motel room for at least a day without food or supervision.

Officers were dispatched to the motel on North Murray Road in Colorado Springs on Tuesday. Police couldn’t find the mother, identified as Marissa Goodman, for several hours.

Motel staff helped care for the children when they were found.

The Department of Human Services has been contacted, according to Colorado Springs Police.