Jul 28, 2014 3:24 PM
A 26-year-old Lake Charles woman is accused of leaving her young children in a car with the windows rolled up while she went shopping.
On Friday, around 2:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office (CPSO) deputies responded to a report of three young children, a 5 year old, a 2 year old and an 11 month old, left unattended inside a car with the engine turned off and the windows rolled up in the parking lot of the Prien Lake Mall.
Upon arrival, deputies discovered the mother of the three children, Faith D. LaFleur, left her children, two of which were allegedly strapped in their child seats while one was unsecured playing with the keys in the ignition, unattended inside the car while she was shopping in the mall, stated Spokesperson Kim Myers.
Deputies say the estimated temperature in the car was approximately 130 degrees. Acadian Ambulance was called to examine the children and found the children to be sweaty, dirty and hungry, stated Myers.
LaFleur was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.
When questioned by detectives, LaFleur allegedly confirmed she left the three children unattended in the car for more than an hour.
LaFleur was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of cruelty to a juvenile.
Bond is set at $100,000.
The Department of Child and Family Services are investigating this complaint as well and have placed the children with family members.