Kyandrea Thomas, 34, who was arrested Saturday, December 24 by the New Roads Police Department after allegedly leaving her newborn infant in a trash can at the Walmart in New Roads, was also arrested in 2009 in connection with the hot car death of a toddler.
It’s a crime police are calling senseless.
“It’s a hard thing to work any time of the year, but especially at Christmas time,” said Shael Stringer, spokesman for the New Roads Police Department.
Police believe Thomas gave birth to a baby girl in the store’s bathroom before throwing her in the trash and leaving the store. Pointe Coupee Chief Deputy Coroner Joe Gannon said had police not arrived when they did, the baby would be dead.
“Anytime an infant is left unattended for the first four hours or so of its life, it’s life threatening, so I feel that the baby probably had minutes to seconds to live,” Gannon said.
While it remains unclear why a mother would abandon her child, police say it is not the first time Thomas has been arrested.