By Bonnie Culverhouse
Falling asleep with a toddler in the house is rarely a good idea and recently led to the arrest of a Minden mother.
Minden Police arrested Kimberly Hortman, 32, of the 1500 block of Shreveport Road for child abandonment. She was also booked on an active bench warrant.
Police Chief Steve Cropper said Sgt. Mitch Hackett and officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Shreveport Road around 8 p.m. Tuesday in reference to calls concerning a juvenile walking down the road.
“The description of the child was a small white male wearing a blue shirt and diaper,” Cropper said. “When officers arrived they were able to locate the child who is 3 years old. He was able to help officers locate the block but not the exact address of his residence.”
Cropper said officers located an open door at Lot #16.
“They announced at the door but did not get a response,” said the chief. “They described the residence as a disaster and the door could not be opened all the way.”
Officers reportedly located Hortman lying face down in a recliner. They announced multiple times until Hortman awakened and acknowledged the officers.
“When the officers asked Hortman if she knew where her child was, Hortman looked around on the floor but couldn’t locate him,” Cropper said. “Then she stated the child was asleep in the chair with her, and he must have gotten up and gone outside.”
Hortman reportedly told officers the door had been locked and the 3-year-old child must have located the keys, unlocked the door and opened it.
“Officers had Hortman contact her mother to come take custody of the child,” Cropper said. “Once she arrived, Hortman was taken into custody.”
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