The Natchitoches Police Department has arrested Jacqueline Procell (W/F, 41 y.o.a., of Natchitoches) for leaving a ten month infant inside of her vehicle for over 30 minutes while shopping on Friday afternoon.
On May 13, 2016 around 2:12 p.m., Officers with the Natchitoches Police Department responded to 311 South Drive (Goodwill Industries) in reference to a citizen hearing an infant crying in the back seat of a vehicle that was not running. Upon Officers arrival they made contact with Jacqueline Procell who stated that she does not normally babysit the infant and forgot him inside her vehicle while she was shopping. Officers spoke with several Goodwill employees who stated that Jacqueline Procell had been inside the store for over 30 minutes. According to the National Weather Service the temperature in Natchitoches at 2:15 p.m. on May 13, 2016 was 82 degrees with no cloud cover.
The ten month old was treated on scene and was turned over to his mother in good health.
Jacqueline Procell has been charged with child desertion and cruelty to juveniles.
If you would like to report suspicious activity or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation, please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.
Detective John Greely
Natchitoches Police Department