A local man has been charged with two count counts of child desertion following a lengthy investigation.
This morning Shreveport Police crash investigators charged 32 year old Chad Beightol with two counts of child desertion in connection with their investigation into a vehicle crash that occurred back on December 29, 2011 in the 600 block of Rutherford Place. The crash claimed the life of Beightol’s five year old daughter Mackenzie. Beightol, of the 9200 block of Simmons Boulevard in Shreveport, was issued misdemeanor summonses for the offenses and released.
Child desertion is a misdemeanor crime and is defined by Louisiana state law as the “intentional or criminally negligent exposure of a child under the age of ten years, by a person who has the care, custody, or control of the child, to a hazard or danger against which the child cannot reasonably be expected to protect himself, or the desertion or abandonment of such child, knowing or having reason to believe that the child could be exposed to such hazard or danger” and is punishable by not more than a $500 fine or imprisonment for not more than six months or both.
Police are investigating a vehicle crash that claimed the life of a little girl in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhood.
At approximately 3:11 p.m. on December 29, 2011, Shreveport Police patrol officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Robinson Place relative to major crash. Upon arrival there, officers discovered that a GMC pick-up truck operated by 34 year old Kevin Currey of Shreveport was backing out of a driveway on Robinson Place when the vehicle struck five year old Mackenzie Beightol of Shreveport who was riding a bicycle in that block. Mackenzie was transported to LSUHSC by the Shreveport Fire Department where she was later pronounced deceased. Currey voluntarily accompanied investigators to the Shreveport Police Complex to undergo mandatory testing and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash.
Crash investigators responded to the scene and they are still working to determine exactly what caused this crash. Upon further investigation, authorities discovered Currey had three local traffic warrants outstanding for his arrest and he was subsequently booked into the Shreveport City Jail on those warrants for general speed, no proof of insurance, and expired inspection sticker. The warrants are not related to this crash.
From Shreveport Police Department