Two women arrested in separate incidents will each have to post a $1,000 bond to be released from the adult detention center while prosecutors prepare charges against them.
Laresha Bennett, 30, and Caltlyn Pevey, 28, are accused of endangering the welfare of minors, a felony.
According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Jacqueline Stevenson of the Pine Bluff Police Department, Bennett was arrested Sunday after she was involved in a traffic accident on Miramar Drive.
Stevenson said Bennett told officers she needed to get home to check on her baby and had other children in the vehicle at the time. She initially said the child’s father was watching the child, then later told police that relatives were keeping the infant.
According to the affidavit, Bennett was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Police went to her address to check on the child, but could not get anyone to answer the door.
Stevenson said officers reported hearing a child crying. The officers located a broken window on the house, and an officer put his arm through the window, went inside the house and took custody of the infant after finding no one else in the house.
Pevey was arrested Monday after a passerby flagged down an officer on the parking lot of a grocery store and reported two small children were inside a car crying but there was no adult in sight.
In testimony before the court Tuesday, Detective Jerry Lambert said the temperature was 14 degrees and the car was running at the time officers were flagged down. When they got into the vehicle, they found a 3-year-old and a 7-month-old, who were both crying. There was also a barking dog in the car.
The Department of Human Services was contacted in both cases.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Bennett. Pevey said she would hire her own attorney.