HARVEY, LA (WVUE) - A man was arrested Monday after he led officers on car chase and then fled on foot, dangling his 7-month-old daughter wildly by the arm as he ran, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato.
Clinton Mingo, 27, of Conti Street, was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center with one count each of simple burglary, resisting arrest by flight, cruelty to a juvenile, child desertion, resisting arrest by fighting and several traffic offenses. He was additionally booked on an outstanding warrant for a previous simple burglary charge out of Jefferson Parish.
The incident began when officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a home on 5th Avenue in Harvey. As officers arrived, they saw a GMC Envoy speed away. A vehicle pursuit was initiated and ended near the intersection of Allo Avenue and 5th Avenue, where police said Mingo jumped out with the baby and fled on foot.
Officers said that as the suspect ran, he was swinging his daughter wildly in the air by one arm. Mingo then returned to his SUV and tried to get back in. A struggle ensued between the suspect and the officers, and Mingo dropped the baby and again fled on foot.
A perimeter was set up, and Mingo was found hiding under a home on Avenue A.
During the search for Mingo, the baby's mother, 22-year-old Thadnesha Williams, of Poland Avenue, was found walking a few blocks away on the Westbank Expressway. She was detained and questioned, and then booked into the JPCC with one count each of simple burglary and child desertion.
The baby, who was not injured, was examined by EMS and released into the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.