Tupelo woman arrested on felony child abuse charges after toddlers left alone in hotel

A Tupelo woman was arrested on Thursday on child abuse charges after her children were found alone in a hotel room.

From Tupelo PD:

——For Immediate Release—–01-20-2022

Felony Child Abuse – Child Endangerment Case

“Thanks to Child Protective Services and Lee County Judge Staci Bevill and her office for their assistance. A tragedy was narrowly avoided in this case. We are so thankful these kids were located and are safe.” Chief John Quaka

On 01-14-2022 at approximately 03:00 pm Tupelo Police responded to 840 West Main (Burger King) for a disturbance. Child Protective Services (CPS) was on scene with a suspect, Lauren Stewart (32 y/o female, Tupelo) who was refusing to cooperate with CPS and their investigation of a child welfare case.

The investigation revealed that 2 of Stewart’s children were alone in a room at 363 East Main (Hilton Garden Inn). The 2 children were rapidly located in the room alone.

The children were immediately taken into safe custody by Child Protective Services. The children were both less than 2 years of age.

In the room officers located evidence consistent with the possession and use of methamphetamine. Stewart was ordered held for investigation.

On 01-20-2022 Tupelo Municipal Court Judge Evans set bond at $40,000 for 2 counts Felony Child Abuse / Child Endangerment. This case will be presented to the Lee County Grand Jury.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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