Woman arrested after son and nephew shot and untreated after playing with AK-47


26-year-old Desiree Felder has been arrested in connection to a shooting incident where a toddler and his cousin were found with gunshot injuries while under her supervision over the weekend. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. L’Jean McKneely says officers responded to a call Monday from a local hospital involving two male children.

“Two toddlers. One three and one six-year-old. They had injuries from shrapnel lead as a result of some type of shooting.”

Felder’s sister left her 3-year-old son in her care while she worked an overnight shift. McKneely says the children were able to find a weapon at the home in the 12,000 block of Titian Avenue.

“The toddlers found an assault-style rifle – a Drago AK-47 inside the home. Started playing with it. The gun fired multiple times injuring both kids.”

Felder did not take the children to seek medical treatment immediately or report what happened to law enforcement. Authorities arrived at the hospital Monday when the 3-year-old was brought in for medical attention for his wounds. Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned the 6-year-old also suffered from minor wounds.

“We made the decision to arrest Ms. Felder for two counts of second-degree cruelty to juvenile and obstruction of justice due to her not cooperating and or not taking the kids to seek medical attention right after the shooting occurred.”

Both minors suffered minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

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