BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A woman has been arrested after an EBRSO deputy found her three children alone in an apartment.
24-year-old Jasmine Moore was arrested after a deputy from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office received an anonymous complaint that three kids were left in an apartment on Jade Avenue for about an hour.
Upon arriving at the scene, the deputy says that he smelled "a strong stench of urine" coming from the apartment. Once inside, the deputy reports that he saw a small 1-year-old child naked, urinating, and crying. Reports say that the deputy then made contact a 5-year-old boy inside the home. The officer reportedly asked if there was a parent or guardian with them, to which the boy said no.
The deputy says that the boy pointed out a third child in the house, a 3-year-old girl who was reportedly lying on a wet, soggy carpet. The deputy says that when the 3-year-old looked at him, he saw "two swollen eyes and welts to her legs, arms, and stomach."
The deputy reports that he contacted the next door neighbor after trying to turn the lights in the house on, only to find that they didn't work. Moore arrived about 15 minutes after being contacted by her neighbor. When questioned by the deputy, Moore said that she only left her kids alone for 15 minutes and that she asked the neighbor to keep an eye on the children, a claim that the neighbor denied.
The EBRSO says that the 3-year-old was sent to a local emergency room for evaluation. Child Protective Services were called, and later deemed the house unfit for living due to "No supervision, three juvenile kids improperly dressed, a soggy carpet, no beds, and dirty clothes with feces visible in the bathroom."
Moore was arrested and charged with three counts of cruelty to a juvenile, three counts of child desertion, and three counts of criminal abandonment.