Missing BR toddler found safe in abandoned car, suspect found in trunk

Image Credit: Louisiana State Police

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Louisiana State Police said a missing Baton Rouge toddler was located in good health and her father was taken into custody late Friday morning.

Troopers said 22-month-old Desiree Mayfield was found in an abandoned vehicle off Airline Highway near I-12 on Plaza American Drive. They added her father, Donoven Bessie, 23, was found in the trunk of that same vehicle.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Cedarcrest Elementary was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The lockdown was lifted a short time later.

Troopers issued a Level II Endangered/Missing Child Media Advisory on behalf of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for Mayfield early Friday morning.

They said she was last seen Thursday afternoon with her father in the Gardere Lane area. Authorities also said the child was believed to be in danger and Bessie should be considered armed and dangerous.

Bessie is wanted by deputies on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, terrorizing, unauthorized entry of a business, disturbing the peace and felon in possession of a firearm.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigating agency on the case.

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