No charges to be filed against woman who left her son at hotel, sparking search

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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.