BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A woman who allegedly left a child left at a Walmart Friday morning is behind bars, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
Chenetra Washington, 32, was arrested and charged with child desertion after her 3-year-old son was found wandering alone after 10:30 a.m. near the Cortana Mall Walmart by an employee.
"The child was not able to give us his age or his name, but from what we could tell he seemed to be about 3 years old. We contacted child protective services. They came out and they took the child into custody," said EBRSO spokesperson Casey Hicks.
Deputies first asked for the public's help in identifying the boy who was wearing sweatpants, a white t-shirt and black and red Spiderman Crocs.
EBRSO later obtained surveillance footage of Washington walking in with the child and then leaving alone moments later.
"I hate to speculate at what occurred in this situation, but I can't imagine being away from your small child for that many hours not calling someone, not being extremely concerned," Hicks added.
Detectives say Washington allegedly drove off in a silver Buick, deserting the child for hours. She was later taken into custody when she returned back to the store around 5 p.m. Deputies had spotted Washington's vehicle pull into the Walmart paring lot as they were leaving.
While being questioned, the report says that Washington told detectives she could not say way she left her child at the store.
"She wasn't able to give detectives a reason as to why she even returned to Walmart. They're going to interview her thoroughly to see what else they can find out, but right now they feel fairly confident that she will be charged with child desertion," Hicks added.
Washington later admitted that she left the store "with a friend, went to an apartment and had sex," according to a report. She also told detectives that she left her son at the store "with the hopes that someone would take him and take care of him better than she could"
Washington was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. No bond has been set yet.