Couple charged with child desertion after leaving son alone to steal a bike

Photo provided by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office.
Friday, August 30, 2013 - 1:00am

A man and woman were arrested for child desertion after they allegedly left their son at a skate park while they allegedly stole another child’s bike.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident happened on Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Swamp Skate Park. The victim reported a bike being stolen, and deputies reviewed surveillance tape with surprising results.

Officials say the suspects, Michael Thompson, 28, and Amanda Parker, 23, of Morgan City, were seen walking into the park with their child who is between 4-6 years old. At one point Thompson gets on the stolen bike and rides off.

Parker allegedly drove an SUV to the exit entrance of the park where she met Thompson. He then loaded the stolen bike into the vehicle.

Officials say the couple’s child remained in the park alone while they were loading the bike. They later returned and got the child, then left the park.

Once deputies located Thompson and Parker, they were both arrested and charged with Theft and Child Desertion. The child was placed in the care of a guardian.

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