A Baton Rouge woman was arrested Monday after her son was found by a bystander running in the middle of a busy street, police said.
Quanitha Green, 31, was arrested Monday and booked into Parish Prison on counts of child desertion and cruelty to juveniles. Green told police that her son is autistic, according to a Baton Rouge police report.
A bystander contacted police at about 7:15 a.m. Monday and told them she had “rendered help” to the boy, whose age was not provided, because she was concerned that the boy would be kidnapped or struck by a vehicle, police said.
Police said the boy was “extremely dirty, had on no shoes, a string was holding the child’s shorts up along with his hair being matted. The child had a strong odor of urine” and it appeared as though he had not been bathed for several days, according to the report.
An officer said he took custody of the child and turned him over to the Department of Children and Family Services.
Police said Green notified police that her son was missing about two hours after he was found in the street, according to the report.
When police along with a DCFS worker went inside Green’s house, they said they found discarded diapers “in the bathroom and kitchen, the floors were covered with some type of unknown materials and the refrigerator contained no food or drinks inside it,” the report says.
The furniture was in poor condition with holes, and clothes were strewn about the house, the officer said.
“The strong odor coming from inside the residence was unlivable and could not be tolerated,” the officer wrote, saying that he had to leave.
Police noted in the report that Green has had multiple cases involving child neglect, but did not say whether those were criminal cases or DCFS cases.