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Two adults, the parents of a six month-old child have been arrested after leaving their child locked in a hot car in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Walker Police responded to the local Wal-Mart and arrested the two on multiple charges.

Walker police department reported that Billy Arthur Henry, Jr., 35, and Lana Wallace Henry, 32, were arrested on charges of child cruelty, possession of controlled dangerous substances, and related offenses. Police speculate that the couple was high on several different drugs when they left the child in the car.

Captain John Sharp of the Walker Police Department reported that officers responded to the Wal-Mart parking lot at approximately 7:15 p.m. When officers approached the car, they could hear the child crying hysterically while secured in the car seat.

At the time the temperature outside of the car was in the mid to upper 80s making the temperature inside the car much higher. The officers used force to enter the car and rescue the child. After ensuring the child was uninjured, they contacted the Office of Child Services.

Captain Sharp stated, “After getting the baby out of the locked car, and seeing that the child was hungry and needed to be changed, Walker Corporal Mitchell Fouse purchased diapers, formula and a clean outfit for the child, using his own funds. He then gave the baby a bottle and calmed the child while waiting for OCS representatives to arrive.”

The parents of the child approached the car after leaving the store. They admitted to the police officers that they were in fact the child’s parents. While speaking with the parents, officers determined that the child had been left in the car for almost an hour.

Sharp added, “While speaking with the subjects, Corporal Fouse observed that both Mr. and Mrs. Henry were unsteady on their feet and had slurred speech, leading Corporal Fouse to suspect that both subjects were impaired.”

“The subjects, who had no identification, were then questioned separately concerning their identities and the reason for leaving the infant unattended in the locked vehicle. Both subjects expressed surprise when asked about the baby and neither remembered bringing the infant with them to Wal-Mart.”

The couple both admitted they were under the influence of Oxycodone. Police officers searched their vehicle and discovered synthetic marijuana, Adderall, crushed oxymorphone (Opana) and a syringe.

"It's one of those things that make you go 'what were they thinking?'" said Captain Sharp.

During questioning, the couple revealed that they had three other children. However, they refused to say where the children were other than they were with “family members.” The couple wouldn’t specify who the children were with.

After a while, Mr. Henry told the officers he’d left his children at home. When officers located the home, they discovered a family member was there with the three children. One of the children in the home was the twin of the baby left in the car.

The other two children were ages 10 and 11. All three of the children were taken into protective custody by the OCS.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry were transported to the Walker Police department. Upon arrival at the police department, officers found Xanax lying on the floor in the back seat. Mrs. Henry admitted to the officers that she was the one who dropped the Xanax onto the floor.

Both were taken to the Livingston Parish Detention Center for booking. Billy Arthur Henry, Jr. was booked on charges of cruelty to juveniles; possession of schedule 1 CDS for the synthetic marijuana and disturbing the peace. He is being held in the Livingston Parish Detention Center with a bail of $26,000.

Lana Wallace Henry was booked on charges of cruelty to juveniles; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a schedule 1 CDS for the synthetic marijuana; two counts of possession of schedule II CDS for the oxymorphone and adderall; possession of schedule IV CDS for the Xanax; possession of legend drug without a prescription and disturbing the peace.

Mrs. Henry’s paid was set at $56,000. After being booked, officers found Adderall hidden on her body resulting in addition charges of possession of schedule II CDS for the Adderall and introduction of contraband into a penal institution. Bail for the additional charges was set at $45,000. She will remain in the Livingston Parish Detention Center in lieu of bail.

©Kelly Cozzone, All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced without prior permissions from the author. The first two sentences may be reposted with a link back to the original article.

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