After an infant was discovered alone inside a house with “horrific living conditions,” her parents face several charges, including cruelty to juveniles.
On Feb. 1, a bail bondsman contacted Baton Rouge Police Department around 2:30 a.m., when he found the door to the couple’s home had been left open. According to WAFB, investigators shouted to get someone’s attention to answer the door, then walked inside to assess if some sort of emergency had taken place.
Inside the house, a girl who was approximately 1 year old was found alone on a bed, reports The Advocate. She was wearing a diaper that had not been "changed in quite a while."
"The living conditions were just horrible," Sgt. Don Coppola of the Baton Rouge Police Department told WAFB. "There appeared to be animal feces, spoiled rotten food and what appeared to be drug paraphernalia throughout the residence."
While surveying the conditions of the home, an official from the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services was called to the house. No adults were in the home during this time.
"It was pretty horrible not only for this child but for any other human to live in these types of conditions," said Coppola.
According to the probable cause report, the child’s parents, 24-year-old Jasmine Rose and 35-year-old Hollis Banks arrived about 90 minutes after police first came to the scene. Police arrested both Rose and Banks immediately after they identified themselves as the owners of the residence and the parents of the child.
The child was handed over to a grandparent who was at the scene, reports WAFB.
Rose and Banks were charged with child desertion, cruelty to juveniles and criminal abandonment. Because Rose reportedly kicked and pushed a police officer as they were leading her to the patrol car, she was also charged with resisting an officer by force. Her bail was set at $40,000 and his at $45,000.
Both parents had been arrested previously. Banks was convicted on domestic violence and child endangerment charges.
According to records, the couple had another child who died in 2014 at 4 months old after suffocating from unsafe sleeping conditions. The infant’s death was ruled an accident.