BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The father of a 3-year-old boy, who was found wandering alone late Wednesday night at a convenience store in Bossier City has been arrested.
In surveillance video, the 3-year-old boy is seen shirtless and shoeless, walking in and heading to the cooler to grab a chocolate milk.
Bossier City police say Jeremy Aaron Hutchison was asleep when his son opened the front door and walked out and headed for the Jubilee Gas Station in the 1300 block of Barksdale Boulevard. Police say the child's father was also looking for the child. Shortly after, the police took the father into custody.
The store's surveillance video shows the little boy shopping the aisles for a few minutes before grabbing chocolate milk and then walking back out the door. "The clerk that was working here, noticed that he walked outside and that there was no one to pay for it, he went outside, approached the kid, and noticed there was no parents for him outside, got him back in the store, set him down, let him drink the Nesquik" says Jubilee employee Mohammad Shahim.
The toddler's house is a little more than a block away from the convenience store where he was found. "It was very dangerous, it is a very busy street it was late at night, people drinking. It's not a safe area to have a kid running around" Shahim says.
Just on the other side of the toddler's house is interstate 20. Luckily, the 3-year-old turned right to head to the store instead of left into the interstate.
The child's father, Hutchison, was locked up on a child desertion charge. The pitter patter of little bare feet on the convenience store floor, ended with the toddler unhurt but in the custody of child protective services.