A 29-year old Booneville woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of a minor for allegedly leaving a baby under the age of 18 months without supervision, food, milk or diapers, according to court documents.
A Booneville Police Department officer responded to a call about a woman who was believed to be high and the responding officer arrested Leslie Michelle Loera after determining that the woman was under the influence of an intoxicant, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
During the incident the officer inquired as to the whereabouts of Loera’s child and Loera “could not give me a coherent answer,” the affidavit adds.
An investigation determined Loera had deserted the child for up to 12 hours. The child was later found at a relative’s home and was taken into custody by a Department of Human Services investigator, the warrant also states.
Loera was appointed a public defender to represent her Friday in Booneville and plead not guilty to charge.
The endangering charge against Loera is a Class D felony. She is also charged with public intoxication for allegedly digging up the backyard of another individual with whom she had no relation, while leaving her child alone, the affidavit also states.