Man charged after missing Baker teen returned home
BAKER – Police say an 18-year-old has been arrested after a statewide missing juvenile alert.
Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn tells WBRZ News 2 that Mejia Vasquez was charged Tuesday night with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
Dunn said Vasquez was seen on social media with 13-year-old Erica Acosta who had been missing since Christmas morning.
According to arrest records, Acosta contacted her father 30 minutes after a Louisiana State Police Endangered/Missing Child alert was issued on Tuesday evening. Acosta told her father that she was on her way home.
When Acosta was returned by Vasquez, Baker Police detectives, the FBI, the U.S. Marshal's Office and State Police located a 14-year-old girl who was also with Vasquez in his car.
The 14-year-old told detectives that she had also been with Vasquez since Christmas and had been drinking, smoking and partying even though Vasquez knew that Acosta left her home without her father's permission.
According to arrest records, Vasquez only brought Acosta home when the missing child alert was issued in an attempt to avoid criminal charges.
Vasquez was booked accordingly into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.