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Deputies say mother left children in car where temperature rose to 130
CALCASIEU PARISH - from Calcasieu Parish S.O.
On July 25, around 2:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded in reference 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, 26, Lake Charles, left her children, two of which were 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.
During the investigation, it was learned the estimated temperature in the car was approximately 130 degrees. Acadian Ambulance was called to exam the children and found the children to be sweaty, dirty and hungry.
LaFleur was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. When questioned by detectives, LaFleur confirmed she left the three children unattended in the car for over an hour.
LaFleur was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of cruelty to a juvenile.
Judge Clayton Davis set her bond at $100,000.
The Department of Child and Family Services are investigating this complaint as well, and have placed the children with family members. CPSO Deputy Donald Shillow was the arresting deputy and Detective Brittney Jones is the lead investigator on this case.