The parents of four young children have been reunited with the kids they abandoned while they went on vacation.

Alert neighbors alerted authorities after the children were left home alone in their Dungannon, County Tyrone home for several days.

The youngest of the children is just 5 years old, the other three are aged 14, 10 and 7.

After visiting the property police officers contacted social services, who are currently investigating the incident.

A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) called the case as 'shocking and serious,' however the parents have not been arrested. The PSNI spokesperson told the Belfast Telegraph: 'No arrests have been made but a police investigation is under way.'

Four kids left home alone as parents go on lengthy vacation

The identity of the family concerned cannot be revealed for legal reasons. In Northern Ireland there is no currently legal age limit for leaving a child on their own, and the case has led to calls for clear guidelines to be put in place.