Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Parents charged with cruelty


Nineteen-day-old infant suffered multiple fractures

Parents of a 19-day-old baby are in custody and the infant is now in the care of the Office of Child Protection.

Bryant Stanley Lyons, 29, and Catherine Easter, 22, both of William Brown Road in Minden were charged with second degree cruelty to a juvenile.

The child sustained multiple fractures to ribs, knee and ankle.

During interviews, detectives were tipped off that something was wrong when they learned the fractures were at different stages of healing.

"Some of the breaks were more recent than others," said Webster Sheriff Gary Sexton.

Sexton said Easter allegedly admitted she had witnessed Lyons shake the baby, and she disclosed that she has received training on shaken baby abuse for her employment at a local child care facility.

"Ultimately, she did not want to get her boyfriend in trouble," said Sexton. "So she had not reported the mishandling of the child to authorities."

Further investigation by Lt. Scott Tucker, Sgt. Tommy Kemp, Det. Jennifer Ervin, Maj. Jay Hortman and Capt. Dustin Reynolds revealed the couple was raising their child in a home with no running water, and they had taken the baby to a doctor for another suspected illness entirely.

"It was during this doctor's visit that the broken bones were discovered," Sexton said.

Lyons and Easter were transported for booking to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on Saturday night.






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