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Authorities find missing BR toddler in good health, father captured

Police officers talk to Desiree Mayfield after she is found. (Source: Christella Merchant) Police officers talk to Desiree Mayfield after she is found. (Source: Christella Merchant)
Desiree Mayfield (Source: Louisiana State Police) Desiree Mayfield (Source: Louisiana State Police)
Donoven Bessie (Source: Louisiana State Police) Donoven Bessie (Source: Louisiana State Police)
Vehicle where child, suspect were found in (Source: EBRSO) Vehicle where child, suspect were found in (Source: EBRSO)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said a missing Baton Rouge toddler was located in good health and her father was taken into custody late Friday morning.

Deputies said 22-month-old Desiree Mayfield was found in an abandoned vehicle off Airline Highway near I-12 on Plaza American Drive. They added her father, Donoven Bessie, 23, was found in the trunk of that same vehicle.

Deputies reported Cedarcrest Elementary was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The lockdown was lifted a short time later.

Louisiana State Police issued a Level II Endangered/Missing Child Media Advisory on behalf of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for Mayfield early Friday morning. 

They said she was last seen Thursday afternoon with her father in the Gardere Lane area. Authorities also said the child was believed to be in danger and Bessie should be considered armed and dangerous.

Bessie is wanted by deputies on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, terrorizing, unauthorized entry of a business, disturbing the peace and felon in possession of a firearm.

According to records from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, police were called to the Burger King located at 7004 Siegen Lane on Thursday, Feb. 18 in reference to a disturbance.

When the deputy spoke to a manager, she said Bessie, a former employee, came into the business to talk. He told the manager he had just gotten out of a mental home and went to get the papers to prove it. He walked out to a vehicle and the manager said he walked back in holding a gun wrapped in papers. 

The manager told deputies he became angry, put the gun in his pocket and jumped the counter to go to the back of the restaurant. The employees began arguing with Bessie but were able to get him to leave. Bessie then came back into the restaurant through the drive-thru window and went to the back. The employees were able to lock themselves into the office. Bessie then left the restaurant. Deputies were not able to locate Bessie during a search of the area.

On the same day, around 9:30 p.m., deputies were called to the Burger King again after Bessie returned with again, according to the documents from EBRSO. He had a gun with him when he crawled through the drive-thru window to get in. The employees ran out of the restaurant to a neighboring business for their safety. 

When they saw Bessie leave, the documents say the employees returned and locked all doors. Witnesses say he tried to get through the drive-thru window again, but it was locked. He walked around the business a couple of times and left the area. Deputies were again not able to find him during the search of the area.

According to the documents, Bessie had been previously convicted of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 2013 and was sentenced to two years probation through West Baton Rouge Probation and Parole.

Bessie is being booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. His bond has not been set at this time.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency on the case.

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