Sheriff: Mother said she 'messed up' by beating child with belt
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Baton Rouge woman after investigators said she beat her 10-year-old child with a belt so hard it left bruises.
Deputies charged 32-year-old Kayla Nelson Friday with cruelty to juveniles.
EBRSO said on Oct. 2 deputies responded with Department of Children and Family Services to Nelson's home on 9771 Jefferson Highway. The deputies said Nelson's son had bruises across his lower back and thighs, and told the investigators he pleaded with his mother to stop hitting him with the belt Wednesday night.
Deputies interviewed Nelson at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and said she told them her son refused to do his homework. When he continued to refuse Nelson said she got the belt and started beating him, hitting him nine times with each hit harder than the last. Deputies said Nelson told them she knew she "messed up" in hurting her son.
Deputies booked Nelson into the parish jail, where she was given a $6,000 bond.
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