Walker PD: High parents left child in hot car
WALKER - Police rescued a child from a locked car in Walker Friday after investigators said her parents were too high on drugs to realize they'd locked the child in the vehicle.
Officers arrested Billy Henry Jr., 35, of Denham Springs and Lana Henry, 32, of St. Amant on Friday. Police said their 6-month-old girl was put in state custody, along with three other children later found at a family member's home in Baton Rouge.
Officers said they were called to the Walker Walmart around 7 p.m. Friday and found the girl locked in the rear of the vehicle. Police said the temperatures were in the mid-80s, so they forced their way into the vehicle to get the crying child out. Police checked her health and bought diapers, formula and a clean outfit while they contacted the Office of Child Services and searched for her parents.
"After getting the baby out of the locked car, and seeing that the child was hungry and needed to be changed, Corporal (Mitchell) Fouse purchased diapers, formula and a clean outfit for the child, using his own funds. He then gave the baby a bottle and calmed the child while waiting for OCS representatives to arrive," said Captain John Sharp with the Walker Police Department. "We are proud of his efforts and those of our other Officers who were involved in this incident."
Investigators said the Henrys eventually came up to the vehicle and admitted that they were the girl's parents. While questioning them officers said the two were unsteady on their feet and had slurred speech, and eventually admitted to being under the influence of Oxycodone. A search of the car also turned up illegal narcotics and a syringe, according to police.
Investigators said when asked about the child locked in their car the parents acted surprised. They said they didn't remember bringing the child with them to the store.
Police booked the Henrys into the Livingston Parish jail on charges of cruelty to juveniles, narcotics possession including synthetic marijuana, and disturbing the peace. Police said the case remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.