HOUMA, LA (WAFB) - A mother was arrest around noon Monday after her toddler was found alone in a hot car, according to investigators.
The Houma Police Department reported Cara Dubois, 27, of Larose, was charged with child desertion. Police said her 21-month-old daughter was left alone in the car while Dubois ran errands at a grocery store.
Officers said they received reports of a child in a car in a parking lot and discovered the girl was inside an unlocked car. They added the engine was not running.
Authorities said Dubois told them she went into the store to pay a bill and bought some cigarettes, but left the car running. However, the car turns off after 10 minutes of running in park.
Police said the child was not injured and was released to her father.
The penalty for a child desertion conviction is up to six months in prison and a $500 fine.