Stephen Cannada, 38, was arrested after police spotted two small children left in a vehicle at a Longview motel, one child was holding an open can of beer.

Officers searched Cannada’s vehicle and located suspected crack cocaine under the seat of the truck. Officers determined that Cannada had left the two small children in the vehicle while he went into an undisclosed room at a motel and purchased crack cocaine.

Cannada was arrested and charged with two counts of Abandon/Endangering a Child, and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (penalty Group 1 less than 1 gram). He was transported to the Gregg County Jail without incident. The children were released to a family member.

The incident occurred at a motel in the 1500 block of East Marshall Avenue around 9:20 p.m. August 23rd.