Detectives reported their investigation revealed one of the suspects purchased a bus ticket for the girl to get her from Arkansas to Baton Rouge. They also reported an ad was placed on the website Back.
Baton Rouge Police, Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said the runaway teen is lucky, because this could have been a whole lot worse. According to the probable cause report, the victim's sister contacted BRPD and reported the victim was at the hotel.
The document added the victim was a reported runaway with the Muldrow Police Department. According to police, the victim is 16 years old. Investigators said a clerk at the hotel was shown a picture of the victim and confirmed the girl was seen going in and out of two rooms there.
She was reportedly found in a room with Lovell. Police said when they walked into the room they could smell marijuana and according to the report, they saw, "a green leaf like substance wrapped in cigar paper," and placed Lovell under arrest.
Police noted Lovell's newborn baby was also in the room. They added that during questioning Lovell told them there were more drugs in the freezer and a plastic back with what is believed to be marijuana was found inside.
The probable cause report stated Medlock walked into the hotel room and told officers it was his room. He was then arrested as well.
She reportedly added once she arrived in Baton Rouge, Medlock picked her up from the bus station and took her to the hotel. According to police, the juvenile victim said Lovell put an ad on Back promoting the victim for sex. Detectives said they found the ad the teen was talking about and it had her listed as a year-old.
They added the ad also had a note indicating the price she charged for her services. The victim reportedly also gave police her cell phone, which was being used as a contact for "johns. Police said she also told investigators she, Medlock, Lovell and the baby went to an unknown place and Medlock allegedly purchased the marijuana that was found in the hotel room and that the two adults had used drugs in front of her and the baby.
Lovell faces an additional charge of prostitution. Copyright WAFB.
All rights reserved. Pair faces human trafficking charges involving teen girl.
Lindsay Lovell. Trafficking children for sexual purposes. Promotion of prostitution. Contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile 2 counts.
Possession of marijuana. Illegal use of a dangerous substance in the presence of persons under 17 2 counts.
According to the report, an ad for Lovell was also found on Back offering sex acts. The investigation is ongoing.