BR pair force children to beg for money in parking lots
POSTED: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 3:04pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 3:42pm
Two individuals are in jail on charges of cruelty to a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, say Gonzales Police.
Gonzales Patrol Officers received calls on May 29 at 5:41 p.m. about a young child in the Gonzales Wal-Mart parking lot begging for money.
Officers located the child and learned that he was 12-years-old and from Baton Rouge.
The child told officers that he and his cousin had been dropped off around 3:00 p.m. in two different parking lots and were forced to beg for money.
Police say the child had no supervision, water, or food.
Officers were unable find the 10-year-old cousin where the boy said he was supposed to be.
Investigators learned that the two people who dropped the children off in the parking lots were not the biological parents of the children, but were actually older relatives.
Several hours later, officers located Jakeri Ellsworth, 21, of Baton Rouge, and Keoril Green, 17, of Baton Rouge. The two of them were circling the Wal-Mart parking lot at 8:10 p.m. looking for the 12-year-old.
After stopping the vehicle, police discovered the 10-year-old cousin inside the car with Ellsworth and Green.
During an interview Ellsworth and Green admitted that they had dropped the children off to beg for money while they went shopping for mobile homes in the area.
Ellsworth and Green also admitted to an earlier incident in which they let the two children beg for money in a K-Mart parking lot on Airline Highway, while they sat in the car watching.
Ellsworth and Green were arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Prison.
Both children were returned to their parents and guardians. Police say the parents were not aware of what was happening.