- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette police say the roommate of a child’s caregiver is accused of negligent actions that left a 2-year-old free to walk out of the house and on to a traffic-heavy street.

Cpl. Nicole Benoit tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1mRgbZR ) Jenika Brooks of Lafayette faces one count of child desertion for allegedly leaving for work Tuesday without making sure her roommate, the child’s caretaker, was awake to watch over the child.

Benoit says Brooks was home when the girl’s father dropped off his daughter earlier on Tuesday morning.

She says was able to open the door, leave the home and travel to Foreman Drive.

Benoit says the girl was unharmed and returned to her father.

It was unclear whether Brooks has an attorney.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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