INDEPENDENCE, La. -- Police arrested the parents of a 3-year-old boy reported missing Friday after he allegedly "wandered off."
According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, this was the third time this week that the toddler had wandered off while playing outside alone. Each time the police were called to help locate the child.
"One time, he was found at a neighbor’s home. Just last night, he was found in the wooded area surrounding the home. Then today, he was found by a citizen working with the LPSO about a mile from his home," Sheriff Jason Ard said.
Police found the child cold, scared and scratched up according to police.
"Through negligence, he was outside today for hours fending for himself while inappropriately dressed for this colder weather," Ard said.
Sylvia and Shane Baker, the child's parents, were arrested and now face desertion and drug charges.
Deputies found marijuana and drug paraphernalia while searching inside the parents' home today.
The 3-year-old is now in the custody of the state.