Woman Allegedly Left Autistic Child In Car For Hours During 35-Degree Weather While She Played Bingo

The caretaker tried to tell police that the boy didn't suffer from developmental issues.

By Gina Tron

On Friday, a woman from Baker, Louisiana allegedly left an autistic boy in her car while she played Bingo for over two hours, according to The Advocate. It was 35 degrees out, and she reportedly didn't leave her engine running for the child.

The Baker Police Department was called by a concerned citizen. When investigators arrived, they found a nonverbal, autistic boy alone inside a GMC truck, according to the police report.

Police arrested the truck’s owner, 53-year-old Leslie Domengeaux, as she exited the bingo hall. She allegedly tried to claim that she was only at the hall for 20 minutes, but witnesses told a different story. Multiple people told police that the boy was alone in the cold car for over two hours. Another witness even said they noticed that Domengeaux's car was parked in the lot for approximately four hours. That day marked one of the biggest snowfalls in Baton Rouge history, reported WAFB.

According to police, Domengeaux tried to tell them that the kid didn’t have any developmental disabilities. The child's mother later painted a different story, explaining to police that her son — who was in the care of  Domengeaux — does have autism. 

The bingo lover was arrested on multiple charges including improper supervision and cruelty to children. She has since bonded out, according to WAFB. It is unclear at this time if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf.

[Photo: Baker Police Department]

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