A Lake Charles man is charged with four counts of child desertion, after it was discovered three kids under the age of four were left home along for over an hour.

According to a media release from Kim Myers, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at about 2:30pm, deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office were called to a home on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles regarding the children being left home alone.

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who told them a 3-year-old, 2-year-old, and 6-month-old were left alone for an extended period of time. The father, Marcus J. Montgomery, 28, Lake Charles, returned home while investigators were on the scene. Detectives learned he left home to walk to the store, and left them home alone for over an hour.

Montgomery was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with four counts of child desertion. His bond was set at $2,000.

The children were released to their mother, said Myers.