MORGAN CITY, La. - A man and woman have been arrested on charges that they left their son alone at a park while they pulled off a scheme to steal a bicycle.
According to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, 28-year-old Michael Thompson and 23-year-old Amanda Parker drove into the parking lot of the Swamp Skate Park on Sunday, Aug. 18 in the afternoon.
The sheriff's office said the couple had a small child with them and that after sitting under a pavilion for 20 minutes, the man drove off with a stolen bike and the woman drove the vehicle outside of the park, leaving the young child behind.
Deputies said the man and woman loaded the bike into the car and then drove back to get their son.
Thompson and Parker were arrested for theft and child desertion after the sheriff's office received several tips from a Facebook posting of the crime.
A spokesman said the couple was located at their home and willingly went to the sheriff's office. The young child is now in the care of a guardian. The stolen bike was recovered.