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Tough love: mother turns son into police

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BATON ROUGE - A mother turned her son over to police after seeing his photo online.

Tonia Kinchen says she had to help her son, who is struggling with drug abuse and has been living on the street.

"That's the worst thing I had to do, is call the police for one of my children," said Kinchen.

Tevin Gunter, charged with armed robbery, celebrated his 25th birthday in jail Tuesday.

The mother of five tells WBRZ this weekend was one of the hardest weekends of her life, but her actions were necessary for her son's health and safety.

"Every time I heard a siren, is it him? Is the police going to knock on my door? Am I going to have to identify a body," said Kinchen.

Kinchen and her son Deon Gunter went looking for Tevin over the weekend. When the found him, Kinchen called police and said her son was ready to turn himself in.

"He might not see it this way, but I know I saved his life by getting him off the street," said Deon.

Kinchen says her son Tevin had admitted to his problems about a month ago and was in the process of seeking help.

The Coronor's Office says if you or someone you know is abusing drugs, the best way to seek help is to first be evaluated by a doctor, who will determine the severity of the situation. If their admission is involuntary, call the Coronor's Office for assistance.


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