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.