The couple who left their 20-month-old girl alone on Holly Beach Tuesday morning while they went for a naked jog has been charged with second degree cruelty to a juvenile, authorities said.
The parents, Cody and Monique Bourgeois, had already been arrested on child desertion and obscenity charges but they have since bonded out, said Cameron Parish Sheriff Ron Johnson.
The story made national headlines earlier this week after the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office reported that the toddler was left alone on the beach. When deputies arrived to investigate, they found the baby 2 miles from a Ford Explorer, which was left running.
The toddler’s parents were located nearly two hours later, jogging naked on the beach, Johnson said.
Johnson said drug abuse is suspected. Child protective services are investigating the incident.