Police and fire briefs

Sheriff’s Office: Boy, 12, shoots brother, 8

A 12-year-old boy accidentally shot his 8-year-old brother Saturday at a home on Old Rafe Mayer Road, sending the 8-year-old to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office reported.

The 12-year-old found a .380-caliber pistol in a closet in the boys’ grandparents’ home in the 400 block of Old Rafe Mayer, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

The weapon was sitting on the top shelf in the closet, Hicks said.

The gun accidentally fired and hit the 8-year-old in the shoulder, Hicks said. The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment of the wound.

The 12-year-old was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center on a count of negligent injuring, Hicks said.

No other charges are pending at this time, Hicks said.

Police chase driver across river Friday

A driver led Baton Rouge police on a chase Friday night from Baton Rouge to West Baton Rouge Parish before abandoning the car in West Baton Rouge, a Police Department spokesman said.

Police are still gathering clues as to why the driver fled when an officer attempted to pull the car over Friday night, Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said.

Stubbs said he did not know why the officer initiated the traffic stop in the 7400 block of Government Street, but there were no injuries reported.

Stubbs said to his knowledge, no drugs or contraband was found in the vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing, Stubbs said.

EBR deputies probe nonfatal shooting

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting Saturday night near Guynell and Corlett drives, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

Deputies arrived sometime around 8:30 p.m. and found someone with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

Deputies are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting, Hicks said.

Guynell and Corlett drives intersect in a neighborhood just east of Plank Road, by the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP or (225) 344-7867.

Woman, 25, booked with child desertion

Baker police arrested a 25-year-old woman Friday accused of locking her four children out of her residence when she was not home, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Danielle Kinchen, 25, 4330 Jefferson St., Baker, was booked on one count of child desertion.

Police went to Kinchen’s home Thursday after a witness told officers that Kinchen’s four daughters were locked out of the home at least the past three days, the affidavit says.

The witness saw the children dressed in the same dirty clothes and noticed they smelled of urine and feces, the affidavit says.

The girls are all 7 years old or younger, the affidavit says.

The witness saw one of the girls, a 3-year-old, sleeping in front of a house trailer, the affidavit says. The girl told the witness that Kinchen told her not to go inside the home without Kinchen being there.

Woman arrested in theft from neighbor

Baton Rouge police arrested a 37-year-old woman Friday accused of stealing more than $9,000 from her 94-year-old neighbor after taking his banking information when he gave her a loan, according to an arrest warrant.

Lashon Crawford, 1266 Calcour Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of forgery, identity theft, felony theft and access device fraud.

The victim told investigators that he noticed several transactions on his bank account that he did not authorize, the warrant says. He said the checks were likely forged and were not given to Crawford.

The man said Crawford may have stolen his banking information after he gave her a $2,106 loan so she could get her car out of the shop, the warrant says.

When questioned by police, Crawford admitted to forging the man’s signature and accessing his online bank account for electronic withdrawals, the warrant says.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.