Couple accused of pouring beer down 1-year-old boy's throat
SLIDELL - Police said a couple is behind bars after they were accused of holding down a 1-year-old boy and pouring beer down his throat on multiple occasions.
24-year-old Brett Flower and 23-year-old Krysten Verdin of Slidell were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on cruelty to juvenile charges on Tuesday after complaints about the abuse were filed by the child's grandfather.
According to investigators, friends and family said Flower, who is the boyfriend of Verdin, would pour beer down the child's throat, causing him to choke and vomit up the liquid. When the child would throw up, the boy's mother would become angry and slap the 1-year-old on the back of the head with such force that he would fall to the floor. Family who noticed the signs of abuse said this happened on multiple occasions.
Slidell Police have handed the ongoing investigation over to the Department of Children and Family Services.