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Bossier City couple accused of leaving children without power, food, & water

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Sandra Lee Jagers, 34, of Bossier City. Courtesy of the Bossier City Police Department. Sandra Lee Jagers, 34, of Bossier City. Courtesy of the Bossier City Police Department.
Ronnie Mack Jagers, 33, of Bossier City. Photo courtesy of Bossier City Police Department. Ronnie Mack Jagers, 33, of Bossier City. Photo courtesy of Bossier City Police Department.
BOSSIER CITY, La. -

Two Bossier City parents face cruelty charges after they allegedly left two of their minor children home alone without electricity, food or running water.

"There was clothing on the floor, no furniture, and apparently there was an extension cord that was run into the house from a neighboring house," Bossier City spokesperson Mark Natale said of the living conditions at 4801 Gen. Scott Place.

Ronnie Mack Jagers, 33, and Sandra Lee Jagers, 34, are charged with cruelty to juveniles.

Patrol officers first checked out the house Saturday after an anonymous call alerted BCPD to the situation, but officers found it empty. After a second call Sunday, they revisited the home and found a 13-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl home alone.

"The children expressed to the officers that they were in fear being left alone there at the house," Natale says.

Natale says the children couldn't lock up the home, and the only food officers found was a package of spoiled hotdogs in a cooler. The cooler's ice had melted.

While officers were on scene, the Jagers drove by the house in their pickup truck but did not stop. Officers located the truck a few blocks away and made contact with the Jagers. The couple told police they avoided officers because the truck was not registered to Ronnie.

Police say although the Jagers' left their children home, their two dogs were in the truck with the adults.

Investigators say the couple left their two children alone at the house around 11 o'clock Saturday night. That means the children were home alone for more than 15 hours before police made contact with them. Natale says some 13-year-olds are able to stay home a reasonable amount of time, but because the conditions were dangerous, investigators charged the Jagers.

"They felt like they didn't do anything wrong, but clearly these individuals under the age of 17 were place in a situation due to neglect," Natale says. They were in a situation where they could have reasonably been harmed."

Ronnie and Sandra Jagers were booked into the Bossier City Jail. Both were later transferred to the Bossier Parish Maximum Security Facility. The two children were placed in the custody of state Child Protection Services.

Cruelty to juveniles is a felony offense. If convicted, the Jagers each face fines up to $1,000 and no more than ten years imprisonment.

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