Mom charged after baby found alone in hotel room

CASEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois woman is charged with child endangerment after police say they found her infant alone in a hotel room on Mother's Day while she was intoxicated in a hallway.

The Belleville News-Democratreports St. Clair County prosecutors charged 35-year-old Jennifer Hawes of Sorento after her arrest Sunday at a hotel in Caseyville.

Police say that officers responding to the hotel manager's report of a crying baby knocked on Hawes' room door but got no answer. Investigators say officers found the 10-month-old boy alone in the room and an intoxicated Hawes in the hallway.

The baby was turned over to state child-welfare advocates.

Hawes does not have a listed home telephone number. Online court records don't show whether she has an attorney.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com


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