FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sgt. Brian McGregor
Office: (504) 712-2252
Date: May 16, 2011
woman booked with child desertion and drug possession
Kenner - On Friday, May 13, 2011, Kenner Police Officers were
flagged down in reference to a complaint of two young children
playing in the middle of the street and not moving for vehicles.
Officer Keenan Jackson and Captain Glenn Synigal arrived
in the 2600 block of
Kenner, and discovered a seven
year old (male) and a two year old (female) outside.
Upon speaking to the seven year old, it was learned that
his mother, identified as Tiana Turner, 29, of 2652 Augusta Street, Kenner,
left the children by themselves while she went to the store.
The child victim was able to identify the residence where
he resided. Upon
officers conducting a residence check to verify the children had
been left home alone, the front door of the residence was found
open. A check of
the residence for a responsible caregiver revealed the children
had in fact been left alone.
In addition, when officers checked the residence they
observed in plain view marijuana on top of a dresser in Turnerís
Investigating officers were able to obtain a telephone number
for Turner who later arrived at home.
Turner claimed she went to the store and left children
with a grass cutter who she was unable to provide any
Turner was arrested and charged with child desertion, possession
of marijuana (1 gram), and numerous attachments for failure to
appear for unrelated criminal charges (possession of stolen
things, theft, and traffic violations).
The children were released to an aunt.
The two year old was a niece to Turner.
The Office of Community
Service / Child Protection were notified of the incident and
will conduct a separate investigation.
At the time of this press release; Turner remains in custody of
the Jefferson Parish Correctional
Her bond for the child desertion and marijuana possession
Chief Steve Caraway urges anyone with information concerning
this incident, to contact the Kenner Police Department at (504)
712-2222, or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.