LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Livingston Police Department arrested a couple Sunday night after they allegedly left their 9-year-old son at Walmart.
Lt. Matt Parish, a spokesman for the Livingston Police Department, said that when the parents showed up to pick the boy up, they appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug.
Debbie Nelson, 38, and Kenneth Nelson, 37, of Livingston, were booked into the Polk County on a felony endangering a child charge and a Class B misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance charge.
Parish said that the parents gave Livingston PD officers conflicting stories, but the boy told police that his mom went into Walmart to get a Moneygram. The boy said his dad was in the car with him, and when he asked if he could go to the restroom, his dad said yes, and the boy went inside.
Parish said the boy's mother came back out, got in the car, and they drove off. The boy told police that he came out and saw them driving away from the store. At that point, the boy started chasing them, Parish said.
Shoppers saw the boy on a median in the parking lot, Parish said and called police. After Livingston police arrived on the scene and talked to the little boy, they tried to call his parents. When they didn't have any luck contacting them, they brought the boy to the police department and contacted Child Protective Services.
Parish said it took the boy's parents 40 minutes to show up at the police department after they had been called.
Debbie and Kenneth Nelson both appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug, Parish said. The officers did a search of their car and found a partially smoked synthetic marijuana cigarette in the ash tray, Parish said.
Both people were arrested and taken to the county jail.