INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The man accused of panhandling while his two-year-old daughtersweltered in his arms spoke to reporters Tuesday, telling them hedidn’t know what he was doing was wrong.
The child, Gracie Mae Cotton, is in CPS custody after alertdrivers noticed she might be suffering from heat exhaustion whileher parents asked for cash in the 4900 block of South EmersonAvenue.
Callers told police the little girl looked sunburned andlethargic. When police arrived they say the child was red-faced andsweating.
Police arrested 36-year-old Jacob Cotton and his girlfriend,23-year-old Lindsay Ramon, the 2-year-old’s mother.
On Tuesday, Jacob Cotton spoke to reporters from jail about whathappened.
He said, "I didn't know what I was doing was wrong," and said hewas only outside for 10 minutes with the child.
He told police that his girlfriend had money stolen from herpurse and that he was asking kind Hoosiers for a little help withgas money to get back home.
Police say they found needle tracks on Ramon’s arms.Cotton told our Gene Rodriguez that he hadn’t taken any drugsover the weekend and that he hadn’t seen his girlfriend takedrugs either. His neighbor, however, tells a very differentstory.
"They was real bad heroine users and they did it in front of thebaby," said Theresa Salazer. Salazar went on to describe the amountof drugs found in the couple’s hotel room.
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