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Two arrested for forcing children to beg for money

Jakeri Ellsworth (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office) Jakeri Ellsworth (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Keoril Green (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office) Keoril Green (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
GONZALES, LA (WAFB) -

A teen and a woman were arrested after they allegedly forced two children to beg for money in the parking lot of at least two different businesses. 

According to the Gonzales Police Department, the incident happened on Wednesday, May 29 at roughly 5:40 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot because a 12-year-old child from Baton Rouge was begging for money. 

"The child informed officers that he and his cousin had been dropped off around 3 p.m. in two different parking lots and were forced to beg for money," Sgt. Steven Nethken, Gonzales Police Department, said. "The child had no supervision, water, food and had obviously been left alone to fend for himself." 

Sgt. Nethken noted that the child's 10-year-old cousin was not located. However, they did identify Jakeri Ellsworth, 21, and Keoril Green, 17, as the two individuals who allegedly left the children behind. One is related to the child, but not a parent. 

"Interviews conducted with Ellsworth and Green concluded with both parties admitting that they had dropped the juveniles off to beg for money while they went shopping for mobile homes in the area," Sgt. Nethken noted. "Ellsworth and Green also informed officers that earlier they had let the two children out in the K-Mart parking lot on Airline Hwy and sat in the car, watching while the children solicited for money." 

Ellsworth and Green were arrested and charged with cruelty to a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. They were both booked into the Ascension Parish Prison. 

Both children were released to their respective biological parent and guardians. Sgt. Nethken noted that the parent and guardians had no prior knowledge of this incident. 

A teen and a woman were arrested after they allegedly forced two children to beg for money in the parking lot of at least two different businesses.

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