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Woman booked on child desertion charges

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A 29-year-old Monroe woman faces seven counts each of child desertion and cruelty to juveniles.

Latasha D. Harris was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say Harris left seven of her children - aged 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 - unattended in an apartment. Police say an aunt to three oldest children discovered them alone and the children said they did not know where Harris was.

Police described the living conditions as deplorable with no food or air conditioning available and roaches crawling throughout the apartment.

Harris returned about one hour after the children were discovered.

Child Protective Services took custody of the children. Harris was taken to Ouachita Correctional Center.

It was unclear whether she has an attorney.

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