Couple arrested for cruelty to a juvenile

By Special to the American Press

JENNINGS — A local couple who left a 5-year-old alone in a Jennings hotel have been arrested on cruelty to a juvenile and

drug-related charges.

Layla Watson, 25, and Mason Sonnier Sr., 25, both of Jennings, were booked into the parish jail for cruelty to a juvenile

and illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor. No bond has been set.

Deputies were called to a hotel on La. 26 north of Jennings Monday morning in reference to an abandoned 5-year-old child,

Criminal Investigations Division Commander Christopher Ivey said in a news release Tuesday.

The hotel clerk contacted authorities after the child walked into the lobby alone, he said.

Deputies discovered the child was left alone by the couple in the early morning hours while Watson drove Sonnier to work.

Deputies also found a small amount of marijuana in the hotel room where the child had been, Ivey said.