Authorities: Lake Charles woman locked kids in vehicle to go sho - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Authorities: Lake Charles woman locked kids in vehicle to go shopping

Faith Denae LaFleur. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office) Faith Denae LaFleur. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

A 26-year-old Lake Charles woman is facing charges after leaving her kids in a locked vehicle for over an hour while she shopped, authorities said.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Faith Denae LaFleur was arrested Friday afternoon.

Myers said LaFleur left her three children, a 5-year-old, 2-year-old and 11-month-old, unattended inside a car with the engine turned off and the windows rolled up.

"Two of (the kids) were strapped in their child seats while one was unsecured and playing with the keys in the ignition," Myers said Monday in a news release. "The estimated temperature in the car was approximately 130 degrees. Acadian Ambulance was called to exam the children and found them to be sweaty, dirty and hungry."

LaFleur, who has been charged with three counts of cruelty to a juvenile, is being held on a $100,000 bond.

"The Department of Child and Family Services are investigating this complaint as well, and have placed the children with family members," Myers said.

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