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Mother with newborn without heat

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Posted: Nov 12, 2013 10:51 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Nov 12, 2013 10:51 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: BATON ROUGE, freezing temperatures, mother, baby, cold, Daphne Brooks, three-month-old son Rico, four-year-old daughter Rhianna, six-year-old son Frank, Ryan Naquin

BATON ROUGE - The freezing temperatures mean outlasting the night for one mother of three.

"My baby has a cold already," Daphne Brooks said.

Brooks is not able to pay for gas heating in her home.

She along with her fiance', her three-month-old son Rico, four-year-old daughter Rhianna and six-year-old son Frank live in a home on S. 16th Street in Baton Rouge.

They were forced there when their other house burned in July.

"We started from nothing, nothing, nothing. I am grateful for what I do have but it's still hard," she said.

She planned to pack her kids in a small room Tuesday night.

Their only source of heat, a tiny space heater.

"Financially, it's hard. I pay rent, lights and water," she said.

Daphne has been unemployed since she lost her other home. The money for gas is not in the family's budget.

"It's real hard. I don't like to tell [the children] everything but they ask a lot of questions. I just do what's best for them," she said.

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