Family upset with the way police handled situation involving two children

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POSTED: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 7:31pm

Jeni Nelson's six year old niece and 11-year old nephew were locked in the back of a Baton Rouge police car for more than an hour early Friday morning. This is after their father, Sidney Nelson, was pulled over for speeding while trying to drop them off at school. But before officers could talk to him, he took off, leaving the kids behind.

"An hour and ten minutes. Would you leave a dog in there that long?," says Nelson. "When I pulled up? I asked the officer what's going on? He said get the [expletive] out his face. When we find what we looking for we are going to give you them or we're going to call O.C.S. For what? Just give me the kids. She's screaming. She's hollering. She's scared.” 

The B.R.P.D. says the officers were just following protocol. They don't release kids to anyone until they talk to Child Protective Services first.

"We did that for their protection," Cpl. L’Jean McNeely, Baton Rouge Police Department, explained."Parents or family members or grandparents might have come to the scene. We don't necessarily know who they were for. That's why we called the proper authorities to come out to so they could do their investigation." 

The kids were eventually allowed to go class at Wedgeworth elementary school. The incident though has left Nelson disrespected and angry.

"I'm pissed off," Nelson said. "I pay taxes. This is what my tax dollars going to? [expletive]."

Jeni Nelson says the family plans to seek legal action.

As for Sidney Nelson, he was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Criminal Abandonment, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and Resisting an Officer. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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