Child left unattended in hot car; father charged
What started out as an investigation into an illegally parked vehicle resulted in the arrest of a man for leaving his 3-year-old son alone in a hot car.
Just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, a Bossier City police officer was patrolling the parking lot of the Louisiana Boardwalk near the Anna’s Linens store when he noticed a car illegally parked in a handicapped spot with the driver’s door window rolled down.
Approaching the car, the officer found a small boy unresponsive and breathing in the rear seat. The officer removed the boy from the car and carried him to a shaded area while attempting to revive the child and called for the fire department.
A check with the National Weather Service at the time showed the temperature in Bossier City at 94 degrees.
The boy became responsive a few minutes later and was treated at the scene by fire department personnel.
While police were on the scene, the boy’s father, Joshua Louis Jefferson, 26, of Shreveport, walked up. An investigation found Jefferson had parked the car and left his son inside it while he went to pick up his paycheck at a Louisiana Boardwalk restaurant where he worked.
He was subsequently arrested for child desertion and booked into the Bossier City Jail. He was also issued a handicapped parking ticket. The boy was released to the custody of a family member.