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Leaving kids in the car: A look at Louisiana law

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Meshona Houston's black Mercedes C230 was found with the child inside just a few blocks away in the 3000 block of Amherst Street. Meshona Houston's black Mercedes C230 was found with the child inside just a few blocks away in the 3000 block of Amherst Street.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

It happens all too often. You think it is only going to be a quick trip inside to the store, and that it is safe to leave your children in the car. Police say it only takes a second for a parent's worst nightmare to come true. One Shreveport mom knows this better than most after a man stole her car with her daughter still inside.

"I just wanted him to let her out the car. I didn't care about the car. I just wanted him to let her out the car," said Meshona Houston.

On Thursday, while dropping her daughter off at daycare,  Houston left her older, 7-year old daughter, in the car to wait. While inside Houston saw a man, allegedly jump into the driver seat and take off. Houston ran out and held on to the car for as long as she could, while the thief sped off. Eventually he ditched the car a few blocks away and ran off.

Several of the parents KSLA spoke with say that, in some cases, it is just easier to leave the children in the car.

"Yes, I have did that a couple of times. I'm guilty of that situation. I'm thinking it's going to be five or ten minutes. Not even that long, thirty seconds at the most," said one parent.

But, others say they would never leave their child locked in a car unsupervised. "It's easier to leave them in, but it's not safe. I've never done it. I've always had someone sit outside with her," said another parent.

Louisiana law says the adult can only be ten feet away from the car at all times. The law also states that the adult must see the car at all times. If an officer sees someone breaking these rules for more than ten minutes the officer is going to do whatever possible to get the child out. The person responsible will face some serious consequences. If convicted of leaving a child in a car unsupervised the parent could face a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.

Click here for a complete look at the law.

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