Unattended toddler chokes self in car, mom booked

Livingston Parish deputies arrested a woman whose 2-year-old son choked himself into unconsciousness with a power window after she left him and his 14-month-old sister unattended in her car while she visited a friend July 3.

Candace Gordon, 20, 20950 La. 16 Lot No. 8, Denham Springs, was booked on one count of second-degree cruelty to juveniles and two counts of child desertion, Livingston Sheriff Jason Ard said in a news release Thursday.

Gordon stopped at an acquaintance’s home on Old River Road in Maurepas and left her children in her vehicle with the engine still running while she went inside.

The boy managed to free himself from his car seat and began manipulating the controls to the vehicle’s power windows. The boy then rolled one of the passenger windows up until it jammed into his neck, causing him to lose consciousness.

The boy was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He was released after three days of treatment.

Deputies obtained warrants for Gordon after completing an investigation into the case. She was taken into custody Monday at her home and cooperated with authorities, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Gordon’s bail was set at $51,000 after she was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center. She was released Tuesday afternoon after arranging bond.

Ard said he had no further updates on the case or the boy’s medical condition.

Gordon has no prior criminal history in Livingston, court records show.

Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services officials declined comment when asked whether the agency had any active cases involving Gordon or whether state officials were investigating the case involving the injured 2-year-old boy.