Police: Couple left baby behind to buy food for snake

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by Stacia Willson / KENS 5

wwltv.com

Posted on August 12, 2011 at 10:29 AM

A San Antonio couple is behind bars after police say they left their one-year-old child in a closet while they went out to buy food for a pet snake.

Police say both parents have now been charged with child abandonment.

Nicolas Lalanne and Elizabeth Rose Lewis, both 21 years of age were taken into police custody around 8:30 Wednesday night.

Shortly before then, officers responded to a call at the Winston Apartments.

They say a maintenance worker had stopped by the couple's unit to fix a water leak. The man told police he heard a baby crying, and that's when he discovered a one-year-old child left alone inside one of the apartment closet's.

"After the maintenance man calls police and EMS, the occupants of the apartment returned. At that point they're put under arrest. And the story, preliminarily, is that they left the baby unattended to purchase a mouse for the pet snake," says SAPD's Sgt. Chris Benavides.

The child is in good health and currently is in care of Child Protective Services.

Police also say while they the toddler was left crying in a closet, the young couple took their pet snake with them on their trip to the pet store. Officers found it loose in the back of the suspect's vehicle.

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