Baton Rouge police arrested a 19-year-old mother after her two-year-old son was spotted walking on North Lobdell Boulevard by himself shortly after 11 p.m. Friday.
A concerned citizen contacted police when she saw the boy, later identified as the son of Jameeka J. Bowie, running north on North Lobdell Boulevard without any supervision, the Baton Rouge police report says.
The boy told police he was two years old and that he had left his house. He was not wearing shoes, the report says. The boy led detectives back to his house, where police knocked on the door multiple times.
Officers heard a baby crying inside and found the front door unlocked and went in to find an infant boy crying on the living room sofa and two candles burning, with no power in the home.
Police looked for a “responsible adult” but found none, the report says. Eventually, Bowie walked up and told the officers she was the children’s mother and was placed under arrest.
Bowie, 2080 North Lobdell Boulevard Unit 603, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on two counts of child desertion.
Police later learned that Bowie recently had a case of child desertion with the Department of Children and Family Services, as well.
Spokespeople for DCFS could not be reached for comment Saturday.