Dava Denise Webster, a 31-year-old mother, has been accused of felony child endangerment after her son was found wandering around alone in downtown Los Angeles.
On July 4, a young seven-year-old child was discovered by witnesses at the Union Station. Responding authorities attempted to question the boy about his parents, but the boy was unable to effectively communicate with the officers. Police initially believed the youngster may be deaf or autistic, and they became increasingly concerned with identifying the boy and returning him to his family.
Sgt. Hector Guzman of the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that officers enlisted the assistance of a sign language interpreter in an attempt to learn the boy’s name, but their efforts didn’t work. Instead, the department decided to release a photograph of the boy and an unidentified woman walking in the station to discover the parent’s identity.
Investigators found witnesses who confirmed the boy was with the woman at Café Crepe earlier in the evening. An employee informed officers that the woman had intentionally left her son after eating their meal. Another witness attempted to intervene, but the mother refused to talk and walked away. Restaurant staff decided to call the authorities when the youngster attempted to run into the kitchen unattended.
Webster was arrested shortly after police realized what had occurred. She is being charged with felony child endangerment, and her son has been placed under the care of a relative. Police are asking the public to come forward with any additional information or details regarding this incident. The Transit Services Division can be reached at 213-922-1410.