Caregiver arrested after 4-year-old child found walking alone along Lake Charles highway

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LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — A 23-year-old woman is in custody after she allegedly left a 4-year-old child unattended at her home while she drove her nephew to school and stopped for coffee at her aunt's home.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputies responded to an 8 a.m. call Tuesday after the child was found walking down Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.

Authorities say Jamie Jackson was babysitting while her father was at work.

Jackson told detectives the home doesn't have heating, so she left the gas stove on with the door open to heat it while she was away. When she returned home, Jackson saw the front door open and the child was missing.

Jackson was booked with cruelty to a juvenile. It was unclear if she has an attorney. Bond was set at $125,000.

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