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Contact:  Sgt. Brian McGregor


Office:    (504) 712-2252

Date:      May 16, 2011

Kenner woman booked with child desertion and drug possession

Kenner - On Friday, May 13, 2011, Kenner Police Officers were flagged down in reference to a complaint of two young children playing in the middle of the street and not moving for vehicles.  Officer Keenan Jackson and Captain Glenn Synigal arrived in the 2600 block of Augusta Street, Kenner, and discovered a seven year old (male) and a two year old (female) outside.  Upon speaking to the seven year old, it was learned that his mother, identified as Tiana Turner, 29, of 2652 Augusta Street, Kenner, left the children by themselves while she went to the store.  The child victim was able to identify the residence where he resided.  Upon officers conducting a residence check to verify the children had been left home alone, the front door of the residence was found open.  A check of the residence for a responsible caregiver revealed the children had in fact been left alone.  In addition, when officers checked the residence they observed in plain view marijuana on top of a dresser in Turnerís bedroom.        

Investigating officers were able to obtain a telephone number for Turner who later arrived at home.  Turner claimed she went to the store and left children with a grass cutter who she was unable to provide any information for.  Turner was arrested and charged with child desertion, possession of marijuana (1 gram), and numerous attachments for failure to appear for unrelated criminal charges (possession of stolen things, theft, and traffic violations).  The children were released to an aunt.  The two year old was a niece to Turner.  The Office of Community Service / Child Protection were notified of the incident and will conduct a separate investigation. 

At the time of this press release; Turner remains in custody of the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.  Her bond for the child desertion and marijuana possession is $5,500.00.      

Chief Steve Caraway urges anyone with information concerning this incident, to contact the Kenner Police Department at (504) 712-2222, or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.