Police: 6-year-old used in crime spree

February 9, 2008 3:26:53 PM PST
Police say the mother wanted for allegedly stealing with her 6-year-old son in tow has turned herself in. Tondeala Davenport surrendered about 1:00 Saturday afternoon.

Police say Davenport and her brother Kevin Long took Davenport's 6-year-old son with them when they stole purses and credit cards from students at the University of Pennsylvania.

Surveillance video from Houston Hall shows the little boy with his uncle, Kevin Long. Police say Long and his sister, Tondeala Davenport, stole a woman's purse as she studied. They then put it inside the boy's Spiderman backpack.

"Parents utilizing their kids to go out there to commit crimes is just a disgrace," said Lt. John Walker.

Police say the two suspects also stole two credit cards from another woman. She sensed the two were up to no good, realized her credit cards were gone and flagged down university police. They arrested Long on the spot and found the goods in the backpack.

Police are now searching for the boy's mother. She escaped out a side door. Relatives of the 6-year-old boy left Southwest Detectives tonight disgusted by the allegations.

"I'm upset about it because cause it's not right. He belongs in school," said Darlene Saunders.

Investigators say Long hasn't shown any remorse. He laughed about the crime, allegedly saying it's all part of the game.

Tondeala Davenport faces charges including child endangerment.