Loogootee woman arrested after placing her children in the trunk of her car

LOOGOOTEE – A Loogootee woman faces neglect charges after Indiana State Police say she put her children in the trunk of a car.

Troopers arrested 32-year-old Sierra Hudson on two counts of neglect of a dependent- confinement, three counts of neglect of a dependent, one count of possession of methamphetamine, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

On March 29, Indiana State Police began their investigation after receiving a report regarding possible child neglect.

After a month-long investigation by the Indiana State Police, they learned Hudson had traveled to South Carolina with her three children and a friend over spring break in late March.

When leaving her home in Loogootee, Hudson reportedly put her 7-year-old daughter in the trunk and did not let her out until they reached Tennessee.

Hudson then allegedly placed her 12-year-old son in the trunk when leaving South Carolina and did not let him out until they returned home in Loogootee.

Hudson allegedly left the kids at home alone while they were sleeping to go to the store. When the children woke up and discovered that she was gone, they became scared and contacted another family member. Troopers conducted a welfare check and Hudson was arrested.

While being booked into Martin County Jail, a glass pipe with meth residue was found on Hudson’s person.