Houston, TX — Chanta Johnson is accused of abandoning her 5-month-old daughter in a store parking lot last month because she no longer wanted her. That, in itself, is a dick move…but you know what’s even worse? She forced her 7-year-old son to help…
Police spoke with a witness who said she saw Johnson leave the baby in the parking lot. The woman said she picked the baby up and – since she knew Johnson – went after her, finding her at a nearby basketball court. When the woman approached Johnson with the child, Johnson reportedly said she didn’t want the baby and didn’t care what happened her. She also told the woman to go ahead and call CPS on her, she didn’t care.
Distraught and shocked, he woman left with the child, but instead of calling police or CPS, she called another friend. Together, the women approached Johnson with the baby a second time. By this time, the kid was crying, hungry and in need of a diaper change. The second woman told Johnson she needed to take care of the infant, to which Johnson reportedly replied no, adding “I know you are going to call CPS on me, go ahead.” This time, they called the cops.
Johnson was charged with child abandonment and is being held on a $20,000 bond. Court records indicate she was just released from the Harris County Jail two weeks ago after serving 10 days for a misdemeanor assault.
When police interviewed Johnson’s young son, he told investigators that his mother made him remove the baby’s car seat from the vehicle and place it on the ground before she drove off with him. He said she told him she “did not want the child any more.” Both children are now in protective custody.Tags: Chanta Johnson, child abandonment, Texas