New Iberia woman charged after leaving child in vehicle

A New Iberia woman has been charged with cruelty for leaving a baby in a hot car.

Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal reports on Tuesday, July 29 at approximately 6:00 PM deputies with the Patrol Division responded to the 1200 block of E. Admiral Doyle Dr. in New Iberia, the business of Wal Mart concerning reports of a child left unattended in a vehicle.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the seven month old infant locked in a vehicle, unattended. Deputies were forced to break a window of the vehicle in order to remove the infant from the dangerous heat inside.

The owner of the vehicle, 42 year old Crystal Derouen of New Iberia, who arrived at the vehicle shortly after deputies retrieved the infant, was taken into custody and along with the infant transported to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Patrol Division for questioning.

The infant was later returned to the custody of its mother. Derouen was subsequently charged with Cruelty to a Juvenile and booked into the Iberia Parish Jail where she was later released on bond.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services assisted in the investigation.

For additional information as it becomes available contact Lieutenant Richard Fleming, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Public Information Officer at 337-321-4524 or 337-201-6786.

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