Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Feb. 13, 2014

Woman arrested after child swallows crack

Baton Rouge police arrested a 33-year-old woman Wednesday accused of failing to prevent her 1-year-old son from swallows crack cocaine, which led to the child’s hospitalization.

Police booked Keisha Sturdivant, 33, 247 Brice St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of cruelty to juveniles, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and using a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The boy was in stable condition Wednesday night and his condition isn’t expected to worsen, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

Police responded to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital’s pediatric unit on Wednesday because a doctor said the boy’s symptoms were consistent with someone having swallowed cocaine sometime before he was hospitalized, the affidavit says.

Sturdivant told detectives her children were asleep Monday night when she smoked crack, and that the only way the boy could’ve ingested the drug was if “he picked up a crumb of crack cocaine” off the ground and ate it, a detective wrote in the affidavit.

Sturdivant remained in jail Wednesday night in lieu if a $20,000 bond, according to Parish Prison booking records.

BR woman, 24 accused in robbery of man

Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested a 24-year-old woman accused of robbing a man in August of more than $50,000 worth of valuables while two other men bound him with duct tape and held him at knifepoint.

Deputies booked Davelin Kieaera George, 24, 622 Marcellious Lane, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated burglary and armed robbery, according to Parish Prison booking records.

Shortly before midnight on Aug. 25, George showed up to a man’s apartment to visit him in the 6800 block of Jefferson Highway, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

After a few minutes, two men knocked on the door. George let them in, and before long, the victim was bound with duct tape and held at knifepoint by the two men, who are not identified in the affidavit.

The trio, including George, left the apartment together with more than $50,000 worth of the man’s belongings and cash, the affidavit says.

Police seek suspect in robbery of bakery

Baton Rouge police are seeking a man who robbed the Sugarbelle bakery on Wednesday morning in the 5100 block of Plank Road.

A black, slim man, 5 feet 8 inches tall and in his early 20s, entered the bakery shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday, pulled out a handgun and demanded money, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

The man, who had a twist in his hair, grabbed money from the store’s register and fled the store on foot toward Hollywood Street, McKneely said.

McKneely said the man wore a gray hoodie, blue jeans a baseball cap.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact police at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

BR man, 44, booked in rape of 5-year-old

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 44-year-old man Tuesday night accused of raping a girl on a regular basis beginning when she was five years old.

Deputies booked Randy Joseph Carter, 44, 370 Ponderosa Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated rape and sex crimes against a juvenile, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The girl’s current age was unavailable, and the most recent alleged rape happened about a week ago, the affidavit says.

In a medical examination, a doctor could not determine whether the girl had been sexually abused, the affidavit says. After the first alleged rape, Carter is accused of telling the girl that he would hurt her if she ever told anyone, the affidavit says.

Carter remains jailed in lieu of a $200,000 bond, Parish Prison booking records show.

Six arrested on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least six people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Lauren Caillouet, 19, 5900 Baywater Drive, Plano, Texas, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, improper lane usage and passing on the right.
  • Calandra Devore, 25, P.O. Box 5373, Gallup, N.M., first-offense DWI, driver’s license required or expired, failure to maintain control of a vehicle, hit & run and reckless operation.
  • Luis Flores, 28, 853 Hammond Manor Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Lee Higginbothan, 35, 648 Spanishtown Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, failure to yield right of way and operating a vehicle with a driver’s license suspended under a prior offense.
  • Jamar Jackson, 34, 415 Cypress Drive, Baker, first-offense DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, failure to report an accident, negligent vehicular injuring, hit & run and reckless operation.
  • George Moore, 48, 3090 Lafiton Lane, Port Allen, first-offense DWI and careless operation.

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