FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lt. Wayne P. McInnis
Office: (504) 712-2234
Cellular: (504) 442-0375
Date: November 11, 2012
Three arrested for child desertion
Kenner-A mother, aunt, and grandmother were arrested Thursday (November 8, 2012), after leaving a 10 month old locked in a car with the window partially down and a dog inside the car while they shopped. On Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 8:19 p.m., an off-duty Kenner Police Officer working a security detail at the Wal-Mart, located at 300 West Esplanade Avenue, Kenner, was flagged down by a concerned citizen who reported hearing a child crying from inside a locked vehicle. The concerned citizen notified the police officer who was in the store, who located a 10-month-old left unattended in a vehicle with the window partially open.
Officers located the mother, Quija Hawkins, 18, the grandmother, Lisa Hawkins, 38, and the infants’ aunt, Troynisha Hawkins, 17, inside the store. The Hawkins (all three) advised officers that infant was sleeping inside the car in a child safety seat. The did not want to wake the infant so they ensured the car was locked, left the infant inside the car with their dog, for approximately 15 to 30 minutes with the windows ajar two inches, while they shopped. Officers noted that at the time of incident the New Orleans International Airport reported that it was 53 degrees outside.
Chief Steve Caraway urges anyone with information concerning this incident, to contact the Kenner Police Department at (504) 712-2222, or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
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