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Shreveport man arrested accused of leaving child in hot car at the Boardwalk

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Joshua Louis Jefferson accused of child desertion Joshua Louis Jefferson accused of child desertion
BOSSIER CITY, La. -

What started out as an investigation into an illegally parked vehicle, resulted in the arrest of a man for leaving his three-year old son alone in a hot car.

It happened just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the Louisiana Boardwalk's parking lot.

A Bossier City police officer was patrolling the lot near the Anna's Linens store when the officer noticed a car illegally parked in a handicapped spot with the driver's door window rolled down. While approaching the car, the officer found a small boy in the rear seat who was unresponsive but breathing. The officer removed the boy from the car and carried him to a shaded area while attempting to revive the child. The officer then called the fire department. 

A check with the National Weather Service at the time showed that the temperature in Bossier City was at 94 degrees.

The boy eventually became responsive after a few minutes and was treated at the scene by fire department personnel. 

While police were on the scene, the boy's father, 26 year-old Joshua Louis Jefferson, walked up. 

An investigation revealed that Jefferson had parked the car and left his son inside it while he went to pick up his paycheck at a Louisiana Boardwalk restaurant where he worked.

Jefferson was arrested for child desertion and booked into the Bossier City Jail. He was also issued a handicapped parking ticket. Jefferson's son was released into the custody of a family member.

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