Indianapolis woman who left son in hotel room alone while she drank won't be charged

9-year-old boy found alone

FENTON, Mo. - An Indianapolis woman will not face charges for leaving her 9-year-old son alone at a St. Louis County hotel while she went out drinking.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that prosecutors Tuesday decided against charges for Denise Cooke, 29, saying nothing she did violated a state statute.

Concerns were raised Monday when workers at a business near the Stratford Inn in Fenton found woman's clothes and a purse.

Police traced the items to the hotel and found the boy, who had been alone from about 11 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday, when police arrived.

Cooke turned up about 1 p.m. Monday. She said she went out for drinks but didn't mean to leave her son alone for so long.

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