A New Orleans man allegedly left his 2-year-old son in his car outside a Walmart parking lot while he worked his shift inside, police said.
The Kenner Police Department arrested Jamar Davis on Monday morning after receiving a call that a toddler was walking around the parking lot outside the Kenner, La., store.
An officer at the scene saw a Walmart employee looking around the lot and later confirmed the man was searching for the child, according to police. The employee told police he is the kid’s dad.
Parking lot footage observed by the officer shows Davis parked his car in the lot at 11 p.m. Sunday night and went outside to check on the child at 6:30 a.m.
The toddler was located by police at about 7:40 a.m., though cops could not determine from the video what time the child left the car. He was not wearing shoes when police found him, officials said.
Davis claimed to police that the child’s mother had called him at 6:30 a.m. to say she had dropped off their son at the car. He said his shift was scheduled to end at 7:30 a.m. that day.
“The child was medically evaluated, found to be in good health and released to the care of a family member,” Kenner police said in a news release. “It is an ongoing investigation and attempts are being made to contact the mother of the child."
Kenner is located about 13 miles west of New Orleans.