FENTON, Mo. – An Indianapolis woman who left her 9-year-old son alone at a Missouri motel while she went out drinking will not face charges.
Prosecutors concluded that Denise Cooke, 29, didn’t violate a state statute, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Cooke was at the center of a search on Monday after workers at a business found her clothes and purse in an area near the Stratford Inn. The trail led police to the hotel, where they found a 9-year-old boy by himself. Investigators said he’d been alone from around 11 p.m. Sunday through 8 a.m. Monday.
Cooke returned to the hotel around 1 p.m. Monday, telling police she’d gone out drinking the night before and had lost track of time. She told investigators that she hadn’t meant to leave her son alone for such a long time.
Police later arrested her on suspicion of child endangerment.