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BCPD officer spots unresponsive child in hot car, father arrested

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Joshua Louis Jefferson, 26 (Source: Bossier City Police Department) Joshua Louis Jefferson, 26 (Source: Bossier City Police Department)

What started out as an investigation into an illegally parked vehicle Wednesday afternoon, resulted in the arrest of a Shreveport man for leaving his 3-year old son alone in a hot car.

Just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, 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. Upon approaching the car, the officer says he 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 after a few minutes 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.
 
Jefferson was arrested and charged with child desertion and booked into the Bossier City Jail. He was also issued a handicapped parking ticket. The child was released to the custody of a family member.

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