BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — "An hour and ten minutes. Would you leave a dog in there that long?," says Jeni Nelson.
Nelson's six year old niece and 11-year old nephew were locked in the back of a Baton Rouge police car for more than an hour early Friday morning. This is after their father, Sidney Nelson, was pulled over for speeding while trying to drop them off at school. But before officers could talk to him, he took off leaving the kids behind.
"When I pulled up? I asked the officer what's going on? He said get the [expletive] out his face. When we find what we looking for we are going to give you them or we're going to call O.C.S. For what? Just give me the kids. She's screaming. She's hollering. She's scared,” says Nelson.
The B.R.P.D. says the officers were just following protocol. They don't release kids to anyone until they talk to child protective services first.
"We did that for their protection. Parents or family members or grandparents might have come to the scene. We don't necessarily know who they were for. That's why we called the proper authorities to come out to so they could do their investigation," says B.R.P.D. spokesperson L’Jean McNeely.
The kids were eventually allowed to go class at Wedgeworth elementary school. The incident though has left Nelson disrespected and angry.
"I'm pissed off. I pay taxes. This is what my tax dollars going to? [expletive],” says Nelson.