NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A New Orleans woman allegedly used her 8-year-old son in an unsuccessful attempt to break into an acquaintance's house, police say.
Tajhma Deary, 32, was arrested last week, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported. In addition to burglary, she is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Investigators said the alleged victim recognized Deary from a security camera tape because she had dated his son.
Deary allegedly brought her son to the house and showed him how to stick his arm through the mail slot in an attempt to unlock the front door. When that failed, investigators said, she climbed a fence and tried to get in through a window.
Before she left, she sabotaged one surveillance camera, police said. But one she did not get allegedly shows her son at the front door, investigators said.
The tape shows the "minor place his right arm inside the mail slot to make several attempts at unlocking the locks on the door while the female stands nearby offering assistance to the minor," the arrest warrant said.