A man and woman were arrested after their 4-year-old son was found wandering near Gardere Lane early Saturday morning, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reported.
David Westbrook, 30, and Tiffany Thompson, 32, are accused of leaving the child alone in an apartment in the 8500 block of Rush Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a Sheriff’s Office report says. The age of the boy was not listed in the report.
A neighbor who saw the boy walking downstairs and into the street toward Gardere Lane picked him up and called for help, the Sheriff’s Office report says.
The child told a sheriff’s deputy that “his mother left him and went to Wal-Mart,” according to the report. When the deputy went inside the apartment where the child had been, he saw a cellphone with text messages from Thompson asking Westbrook to “bring some weed,” the report says.
The deputy noted that a refrigerator in the apartment, which had been left open, did not have “one single item of food inside.”
Westbrook and Thompson later said the child was asleep when they left the apartment to go “around the corner” to pick up Westbrook’s son, the report says.
The boy appeared to be in good health and left the apartment with his aunt, the report says.
Thompson and Westbrook, both of the 8500 block of Rush Avenue, were booked into Parish Prison on one count each of misdemeanor child desertion.
Thompson’s bail is set at $5,000. Bail information for Westbrook was not immediately available in online jail records.