SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The father and grandmother of a little girl who was found dead in her mother's car last week are speaking out about their arrests Wednesday, following a confrontation with Child Protective Services workers and Shreveport police.
"They slammed us, they slammed everybody. Put it like this, it was police brutality," alleges 28-year-old Genesis Johnson, who is charged with interfering with a law enforcement investigation and resisting an officer by force.
It happened in the 3000 block of Parkridge Street in Sunset Acres, just before 2 p.m., when Johnson arrived home after learning that CPS was there to take his 4-year-old son into state custody. The boy is the brother of 3-year-old Sariah Delafosse, who police say died of a heat stroke Friday after spending as many as 19 hours in her mother's car as it sat outside her Ingleside neighborhood home. CPS has been involved in the case since the investigation into Sariah's death began.
Police confirm that CPS has been investigating the welfare of the other children in the family, and that Sariah's 4-year-old brother had been turned over Johnson's care in the days following his daughter's death.
SPD Cpl. Meosha Deal says it was clear the father agitated."The family's already emotionally stressed, and to come home, and Child Protection is here to take his other child. The father's a little upset."
Johnson's mother, 58-year-old Mary Johnson, was also arrested and faces the same charges as her son. She, too, says officers mishandled the situation. "I thought for sure that a real life beast came up out of this man, and he said, 'I'm gonna get you, I'm gonna get you! I'm gonna take you to jail!'"
Amid all the commotion, Mary Johnson's husband Wayne had to be taken to the hospital for unknown medical issues. He was treated and released.
"We have family members coming, like a ripple effect," explains Cpl. Deal. "One family member checking on him, the other one checking on them. And it became overwhelming. Some interference occurred and a few people had to go to jail as a result of it."
Police say a third person, 17-year-old Arthur Brown, was also arrested in connection with the incident. Brown is charged with interfering with an officer.
All three bonded out of jail Wednesday night.
Shreveport Police say the investigation into Sariah Delafosse's death is ongoing. Her mother, Krystle, has not been charged. She was interviewed again on Wednesday and police say she is cooperating with the investigation.
An autopsy on Saturday confirmed the little girl died of heat stroke, and was believed to have been in the car for as many as 19 hours before she was discovered.