Baby left in unlocked car as couple burglarized Baton Rouge shop
BATON ROUGE - Two parents were arrested in Baton Rouge Tuesday after they allegedly left their baby unattended in a parking lot while committing an early-morning burglary.
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, 29-year-old Cash Kennedy and 27-year-old Kellie Mercer were arrested after officers found them at the scene of a burglary early Tuesday morning.
Police arrived at the Nutrishop on Nicholson Drive after they received a report of a burglary in progress. Officers say they found both suspects inside the store, tampering with the business' electrical box.
When officers placed the two under arrest, they stated their 2-week-old child was left alone in a vehicle in the parking lot. Police found the baby alone in the unlocked vehicle and later released custody to the grandmother.
Both were charged with simple burglary and child desertion and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. Mercer was additionally charged with possession of schedule IV narcotics after police found an unmarked bottle of Valium inside her purse.