Mother charged for leaving child in motel room

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Prosecutors have charged a woman for leaving her 16-month-old child alone in a Speedway motel room.

A person staying at the Motel 6 on Debonair Lane noticed the child walking out of a room with no shoes or socks on Tuesday afternoon. The person took the child to the motel lobby and called police.

Talisha Evans, 32, arrived about 20 minutes later and said she was the child's mother. A Department of Child Services worker arrived and took custody of the child and three siblings.

Evans told detectives her two oldest children needed picked up at the bus stop. She took another child with her, but left the 16-month-old child in the motel room because he was sleeping and she didn't want to wake him up. She told police she ran out of gas on her way back to the motel, so she stopped and bought fuel and a snack for her children. When she got back to the motel, police were there with her baby.

At the time of Tuesday's offense, Evans was on probation for a similar offense for leaving a child unattended in an unlocked, running vehicle in a store parking lot.

Friday, prosecutors filed a count of felony neglect of a dependent against Evans.