A mother of three from Beaumont must spend the next few years on probation after abandoning her children.
Lillian Patrice Hancock was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Sept. 9 for endangering a child, a state jail felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, police were called to the 1400 block of Johns Street in Beaumont on July 30 in reference to a child being left unattended. When they arrived, police said they were allowed inside the home by Hancock’s landlord, where they observed a 2-year-old sleeping on a mattress on the floor in a back room of the home.
Police said no adults and no food were present inside the unlocked home.
The affidavit said police waited about 30 minutes before Hancock arrived at the home, which was not Hancock’s to begin with.
When she appeared in court Monday, Dec. 16, Hancock pleaded guilty to endangering her child. Hancock’s other two children, 10 and 9, are living with family members, Hancock said.
Witnesses on the scene that July night said Hancock left her children to use drugs.
“This is just bad. Because of the reason the children apparently were not being watched by you. It looks like drugs were involved, PCP. My goodness,” said Judge John Stevens. “That’s hallucinogenic. That causes brain damage. How can you be a parent when you’re high and your brain’s gone? You can’t.”
After she pleaded guilty, Stevens sentenced Hancock to five years probation and a $500 fine.
Hancock must also finish her high school education or GED equivalency, must undergo Jefferson County’s drug rehabilitation class and take a parenting class.
It seems Stevens was keen to keep Hancock out of jail for the time being, as the children’s father is incarcerated.
“The father seems to be irresponsible. He’s trying to rear his children while he’s in prison. Well, he got himself into some problems, so if you go to prison, who’s supposed to take care of three children including a 2-year-old? Somebody else?” Stevens said. “Those are your children and your responsibilities.”