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Leslie Domengeaux

A Baker woman left an autistic child in a truck with the engine off in 35-degree weather while she played bingo on Friday afternoon, according to a Baker police report.

An anonymous caller told police around 4:45 p.m. Friday that someone had been sitting in a truck outside the Baker Bingo Hall for nearly four hours. When officers arrived, they found the person inside the vehicle was a non-verbal, autistic child, according to the police report.

Police said the boy was sitting in the back passenger seat of the truck, which was off, in approximately 35-degree weather. As officers were investigating, 53-year-old Leslie Domengeaux walked out of the Baker Bingo Hall and said the truck belonged to her and the child was under her supervision.

Domengeaux told police that she had only been at the hall for 20 minutes, but multiple eyewitnesses said she was there for at least two hours and that the child was in the truck the entire time, according to the police report.

Domengeaux told police she first came to the hall at 2 p.m., but left two hours later to take someone to work and returned to the hall, leaving the child in the truck, according to the police report.

 Domengeaux told police that the child did not have any developmental disabilities. But she told them he was in special education at school, according to the report. The child's mother, however, later told police that he does have autism.

Domengeaux, of 3560 Harrison St., Baker, was booked in Parish Prison on improper supervision, cruelty to juveniles and child endangerment.


Compiled from staff reports. To contact a crime reporter at The Advocate, email policereporters@theadvocate.com or call (225) 388-0369.