Walmart Employee Left Toddler in Car to Work Night Shift, Police Say

Newsweek 1 month ago

A man has been arrested after allegedly leaving his two-year-old son in a car while working a night shift at Walmart.

Police attended the Walmart at 300 West Esplanade Avenue in Kenner, Louisiana, at around 7.40 a.m. on Monday morning after a customer reported finding a child wandering in the parking lot.

On arriving on the scene, an officer saw Jamar Davis, a 30-year-old Walmart employee, searching the parking lot, according to the Kenner Police Department.

Davis identified himself as the father of the two-year-old boy after Officer Jimmy Martin approached him and asked if he was looking for a child.

Davis told Officer Martin that the boy's mother had called to let him know that she had dropped off the child at 6.30 a.m., according to police. Davis said the mother had left the boy inside Davis' vehicle.

He also told the officer that he went to check on the child at 6.30 a.m. and left his phone in the vehicle with the boy so he could entertain himself with videos.

Davis said he then returned to his shift at Walmart, which ended at 7.30 a.m.

Officer Martin reviewed security footage of the parking lot and determined that Davis' vehicle had been parked there at 11 p.m. on Sunday night.

The officer saw no vehicles approaching Davis' vehicle, meaning the child may have been inside the car all night. But police said it was difficult to determine if a car had approached due to the angle and quality of the surveillance video.

However, the footage did confirm Davis' claim that he had gone to his vehicle at 6.30 a.m. before returning to the store.

A customer called police after finding the boy wandering in the parking lot with no shoes on at around 7.40 a.m.

Police said they couldn't determine what time the child had left the vehicle or how long he had been wandering the lot.

The child was found to be healthy after a medical evaluation, police said. He was released into the care of a family member.

Kenner Police said they are trying to contact the boy's mother. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Davis, of New Orleans, is facing charges of child desertion, WWL-TV reported. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

He was also booked on other outstanding New Orleans Police Department warrants for domestic abuse and kidnapping, according to WWL-TV.

Newsweek has reached out to Walmart for comment.

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