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Parents of toddler found in roadway booked with child desertion, released

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The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Department says that the parents of the 2-year-old child found in the middle of Hwy 190 near Eunice have been charged with child desertion. 

The couple, identified by deputies as Chesly John, 28, and Rafael Maglalang, 31, was charged and then released. The child has also been released back into the parents' custody pending further investigation.

Deputies say the incident began when a driver traveling on Hwy 190 discovered the female child in the middle of the roadway and called the police. The driver pulled off the roadway and removed the child from the road. Deputies say they responded to the incident along with the Eunice City Marshal's office who took custody of the child. 

The parents were located by deputies who say they were asleep in their home located 50 yards from where the toddler was found. The parents and child were transported to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office where the parents were questioned further. Deputies say that the Department of Child and Family Services was notified of the incident.

Upon questioning, the parents revealed to deputies that they were asleep and did not know how the child had managed to leave the home. Deputies say the child's father, Rafael Maglalang, told them that the child had attempted to leave the home twice before and that he had to change the lock on the front door. According to deputies, the father says he also noticed the child trying to exit the back door but that she was not able to open the door. 

Both parents told deputies that they did not use the back door that day.

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