Police: Parents arrested after beating child
BATON ROUGE- Police arrested Star Richard, 33, and Marcus Jones, 30, after they say the parents beat their young daughter with a belt.
The incident was reported when the little girl got to school on Tuesday. That's where police found the girl covered in bruises, according to the affidavit.
Monica Roddy, the victim's aunt, told News 2 she was surprised the parents were arrested and they were just disciplining the child.
"He don't beat on that little girl like that, no indeed, he just gave her, her whooping, that's like her punishment, we don't like the way that it sounds, they made it seem like she was all beat up bad, bad, and all messed up at the hospital, it was none of that, none of that," said Roddy.
But the injuries were bad enough that educators had to report it to the Department of Children and Family Services.
"You should always err on the side of caution, if you have any doubts at all, make that report, leave it up to us whether or not the situation warrants an investigation and what kind of action might need to be taken," said Brent Villemarette, Deputy Secretary of Programs for DCFS.
Despite defending her brother and sister-in-law, Roddy still doesn't think anyone should lay a hand on children.
"That's why it surprised us that he gave her the whooping and we always tell him don't hit those kids, because you know what, if you hit them, they gonna bruise easily," said Roddy.
The couple is still in jail on cruelty to juvenile charges.
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