Parents arrested after child found walking down Gretna expressway alone

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 5:16pm

UPDATE: Gretna police have arrest the parents of a young boy who was found walking alone down the Westbank Expressway this morning.

Police found the child at around 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 19. At first they believed the child to be between 2 to 3 years old. However, after locating his parents several hours later, they discovered that the child is actually 5 years old.

Gretna police say the child was identified after his grandparents saw his photo on a local news station. They immediately contacted the police department. His parents, however, never made that same call.

Police then went to the boy’s home and found his mother, Laura Hilton, and stepfather, Lavon Jones. Both were arrested for child desertion.

ORIGINAL REPORT: A toddler was found walking along a busy road in Gretna this morning, and police are trying to find his parents or guardian.

The Gretna Police Department spotted the child at roughly 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 19. They say the child was walking along Manhattan Boulevard and Claire Avenue, which is located along the Westbank Expressway.

So far police have been unable to locate the child’s parents. They say the child has not told them his name or any other information.

The child is described as a black male who is 2 to 3 years of age, 26-28 inches in height, 30-35 pounds, brown eyes, with black hair.

If you know anything about this child or the whereabouts of his parents or guardians, call the Gretna Police Department at (504) 366-4374.

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