St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Searching for Parents Wanted in Connection with Missing Child 

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating a Poydras couple wanted in connection with their child being taken from state custody, Sheriff James Pohlmann said. 

Arianne Stechmann, 37, and Johnathan Kritzman, 31, both of the 2200 block of West Christie Drive in Poydras, are both wanted for obstruction of justice.

On Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, at approximately 10:56 p.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, members of the Field Operations Bureau responded to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans in reference to a 2-year-old juvenile testing positive for having cocaine in his system. 

The juvenile had to be intubated after the suspected overdose and was admitted to the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. 

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau issued arrest warrants for both Stechmann and Kritzman, parents of the juvenile victim, after they fled with the child on Thursday, Feb. 2 from Children’s Hospital following the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services being granted emergency custody.

The couple is known to drive a white Dodge pickup truck.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Stechmann, Kritzman, or the 2-year-old boy is asked to call the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501, the Criminal Investigations Bureau’s tip hotline at (504) 271-TIPS or 8477, or Crimestoppers GNO at (504) 822-1111. Callers to the CIB tip hotline or Crimestoppers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash award from Crimestoppers.