Sheriff: Louisiana couple left 2 young children in car to get marriage license

Published 4:30 pm Friday, June 1, 2018

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana say a couple was arrested on child desertion charges for leaving young children in a car while they got their marriage license at a courthouse.

A statement from the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office says a courthouse worker alerted deputies Thursday to the untended children.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick says deputies were looking for the owners when 23-year-old Courtney Carroll of Ball and 22-year-old Garrett Poole of Pollock returned to the car with their license.

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Lt. Mark Gay says the car’s air conditioner was running. The doors were unlocked.

The children’s relationship to the couple was unclear.

Chadwick says relatives were expected to get the 10-month-old and 4-year-old boys from Child Protective Services. It wasn’t clear whether the couple had an attorney.