New Orleans mother of 2-year-old found alone on sidewalk charged

A woman is in custody Monday (Aug. 31) after her 2-year-old daughter was found alone on an eastern New Orleans sidewalk earlier in the day. New Orleans police said 28-year-old Keisha Jones has been charged with child desertion. Photo: New Orleans Police Dept.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Authorities say the mother of a 2-year-old girl found alone in eastern New Orleans has been charged with child desertion.

The New Orleans Police Department tells media outlets that 28-year-old Keisha Jones was arrested and charged Monday.

Police say the child was found alone on a sidewalk that morning shortly before 7 a.m. Authorities say a concerned citizen and a city employee took the child to a police station. Police say Jones arrived at the station later after hearing that the child had been found.

Authorities say the child has been released to her aunt.

Police say Jones was also booked on an unrelated charge out of Harris County in Texas.

It was not immediately clear if she has an attorney.

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