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Stephen D. Caraway

Chief of Police






500 Veterans Boulevard

Kenner, LA 70062

(504) 712-2200

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Date:       November 11, 2012

Three arrested for child desertion

Kenner-A mother, aunt, and grandmother were arrested Thursday (November 8, 2012), after leaving a 10 month old locked in a car with the window partially down and a dog inside the car while they shopped.  On Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 8:19 p.m., an off-duty Kenner Police Officer working a security detail at the Wal-Mart, located at 300 West Esplanade Avenue, Kenner, was flagged down by a concerned citizen who reported hearing a child crying from inside a locked vehicle.  The concerned citizen notified the police officer who was in the store, who located a 10-month-old left unattended in a vehicle with the window partially open.

Officers located the mother, Quija Hawkins, 18, the grandmother, Lisa Hawkins, 38, and the infants’ aunt, Troynisha Hawkins, 17, inside the store.  The Hawkins (all three) advised officers that infant was sleeping inside the car in a child safety seat.  The did not want to wake the infant so they ensured the car was locked, left the infant inside the car with their dog, for approximately 15 to 30 minutes with the windows ajar two inches, while they shopped.  Officers noted that at the time of incident the New Orleans International Airport reported that it was 53 degrees outside. 

 The Hawkins, who provided the home address of 6320 Riverside Drive, # 219, Metairie, were each arrested and charged with the crime of child desertion (1-count each).  A review of surveillance cameras revealed the Hawkins were inside the store for over 45 minutes before they were located and / or returned to the car.  The Office of Community Services / Child Protection were notified of the incident, and the infant was placed with a second grandmother who arrived on scene and took custody of the infant.  The City of Kenner Humane Department took custody of the dog. 

 The Hawkins (all three) was released Friday, November 9, 2012, from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on a $1,000 commercial bond each. 

 Chief Steve Caraway urges anyone with information concerning this incident, to contact the Kenner Police Department at (504) 712-2222, or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

 Officer Paul Carmouche is in charge of the investigation.  

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Steve Caraway

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Kenner Police Complex

500 Veterans Blvd.

Kenner, LA. 70062

(504) 712-2200

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