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CPS releases 2 children taken during child death investigation

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CPS returned Genesis Johnson's 4-year-old son to him Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after they arrived at his home to take him away. CPS returned Genesis Johnson's 4-year-old son to him Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after they arrived at his home to take him away.
Police on Wednesday, July 10, join CPS officials at the home of Genesis Johnson. Police on Wednesday, July 10, join CPS officials at the home of Genesis Johnson.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The Johnson family is back together again, after a little boy was taken in a confrontation with Child Protective Services on Wednesday that ended with two arrests.

CPS returned Genesis Johnson's 4-year-old son to him Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after they arrived at his home to take him away as part of their investigation into the welfare the siblings of 3-year-old Sariah Delafosse, who was found dead in her mother's car last Friday.

Johnson, 27, and his 58-year-old mother Mary Johnson, were charged with interfering with a law enforcement investigation and resisting an officer by force in the confrontation that erupted at their home on Wednesday. Those charges were not related to the 3-year-old's death.

Another brother by a different father was also taken into custody on Wednesday and returned to his family Thursday.

KSLA News 12 was there Thursday when the families showed up to be reunited with their children. "I feel wonderful right now. Very glad to have our baby back," says Mary Johnson, after they emerged from the state office building on Fairfield Avenue.

Genesis Johnson says CPS officials never gave him any explanation for why his child was taken away, or why he was returned the following day.

Brent Villamarette, the Deputy Secretary of Programs at Child Protective Services in Baton Rouge explained to KSLA News 12, "On fatality cases when there has been a child death, and there are allegations of abuse and neglect by a parent or a caretaker, we investigate those cases. Almost always it's a joint investigation with law enforcement."

Whatever the reason, Johnson says he is just glad to have a little bit of closure at the end of what has been an emotional week. "God answers prayers in crazy ways. He answered mine overnight. I am glad my son is here. I got some closure. We can see my little girl tomorrow, everything is good" Genesis Johnson says. 

A funeral will be held for Sariah Delafosse on Friday at Impact Ministries on E. 70th Street in Shreveport. She will be buried at Lincoln Cemetery after the service.

Shreveport Police say the investigation into Sariah Delafosse's death is ongoing. Her mother, Krystle, has not been charged. 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.

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