Mother with newborn without heat
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.