ST. CHARLES, Ill. -- The mother of two little girls left home alone while their parents took a Mexico vacation over Christmas acted like she had done nothing wrong and showed a 'So what' attitude when questioned by police, it was reported Saturday.
'She did not seem to feel she had done anything wrong. Her attitude seemed to be, 'So what?'' WBBM-TV quoted an unidentified investigator as saying Friday.
The report said Sharon Schoo, 35, was questioned for about four hours after she and her husband, David, 45, returned from a nine-day vacation in Acapulco, Mexico.
The Kane County couple were arrested minutes after their plane landed Tuesday, apparently unaware of the national outrage over reports they left Nicole, 9, and Diana, 4, unattended in their home 5 miles west of St. Charles, Ill.
Law enforcement sources said the parents left a note telling the children they could only eat two meals a day and what time to go to bed, the television station reported.
The parents left detailed instructions telling the children they could have dry cereal for breakfast and pre-packaged microwave meals for dinner, the report said.
'The parents kept a detailed inventory of the food in the house and they warned the two children that if they came back and they found that anything else beyond that cereal and those mircowave meals was missing, they would be punished,' said WBBM reporter Mike Parker.
The Schoos spent two days in jail and were released after posting $5, 000 bond each Thursday night. They returned home early Friday, closed the blinds and refused to answer the doorbell.
The children have been placed with a foster family and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has scheduled a hearing Tuesday. The parents are barred for any contact with the girls.
However, neighbors said private behavior was typical of the family.
'In the 18 months (they) have lived here, I don't think I've said 20 words to them,' said Tom Potts, the Schoos next door neighbor. 'I'd say 'Hi,' 'Goodbye,' and that's it.'
Other neighbors on Nancy Lane in Campton Township said they've been offered money by national tabloid newspapers to tell what they know about the family.
William Stadelmann, who lives across the street, said he would set up a trust fund to collect money for the girl's medical care and education.
Joseph Kuzma, 72, Sharon Schoo's father, said the family needs psychiatric help.
'I think there's something wrong somewhere,' he told a news conference Thursday. 'I think both of them need psychiatric care and both of their children do, too, and somewhere down the line they should get their act together.'
The Schoos have been charged with child abandonment, child endangerment -- both felonies -- and cruelty to children.
Authorities discovered the girls' plight Dec. 21 when an overflowing bathtub activated a smoke alarm and Nicole called 911 for help, then ran barefoot in the snow to a neighbor's house.