A toddler reported missing Friday morning was found safe and sound in an abandoned vehicle, but her father was arrested after he was found hiding in the trunk of the vehicle, authorities said.
Louisiana State Police had issued a missing child advisory for 22-month-old Desiree Mayfield, who had last been seen Thursday afternoon in the Gardere Lane area of Baton Rouge with her father, Donoven Bessie, 23.
During the search on Friday morning, Cedarcrest Elementary was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure. Law enforcement found the girl in an abandoned vehicle on Plaza American Drive, off Airline Highway near Interstate 12, the Sheriff’s Office said. Detectives discovered Bessie hiding in the trunk of the vehicle.
Bessie was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count each of aggravated assault with a firearm, terrorizing, unauthorized entry of a business, disturbing the peace and felon in possession of a firearm.
Bessie’s bail is $150,000.