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Father arrested after toddler left at gas station

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BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children and Family Services said there will be a hearing this week to determine if a two-year-old should be returned to his father, after he was abandoned at an East Baton Rouge Parish gas station.

Keith Augustine, 28, faces child desertion and abandonment charges after the incident this past weekend.

Sherriff's deputies said around 10:30 p.m. Saturday Augustine drove off from the Cracker Barrel gas station on Burbank without his two-year-old son. That's when a customer at the station spotted him.

"I walked up and I made my purchase, and when I turned around to leave there was a baby that walked out from between the pumps, from the far side of the pumps," said the customer, who wished to remain anonymous. "He walked out and he was just hysterical, he was screaming and crying and kept saying my daddy, my daddy, and he was pointing to a vehicle that had driven off."

Hours later a family member contacted deputies and Augustine showed up at the gas station. He was immediately arrested and his son was sent to state custody.


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