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Woman arrested for abusing elderly family member

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Donna Sue Laird (Source: EBRSO) Donna Sue Laird (Source: EBRSO)

A Baton Rouge woman is facing a handful of charges related to the alleged abuse of an elderly family member.

According to the probable cause report filed by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, the initial complaint was registered on May 5. Deputies were called to the home of a 73-year-old woman who was reportedly trapped inside.

"[The victim] had to be extricated from the home through a side window after it was discovered that she was locked inside of the home with no key and no access to freely leave the home," the deputy noted in the report. "[I] contacted the victim who appeared confused and noted that she had tears and injuries to her arms. When asked what happened to her, the victim stated that ‘Donna,' the accused, had grabbed her."

Investigators learned that the woman's caretaker was a family member, Donna Sue Laird, 53. The victim alleges that Laird "dragged her by the hair of her head" and "pushes her on occasions."

In addition to allegations of physical abuse, Laird is accused of accessing the victim's bank account. The victim claims she was not aware of the transactions and had not given Laird permission to access the funds.

The victim's son was contacted at the time of the initial complaint. The victim was released to his care. The victim was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and testing.

"Upon contacting [Laird], [I] requested that she return to the home as the victim was found locked inside of the home without her consent," the deputy noted. "The accused refused to return to the home, stated she was helping a ‘friend' who needed her. After several minutes of conversation, the accused advised she would ‘try' to arrange to return…"

The report did not note whether or not Laird participated in additional questioning. However, the report did note that several additional witnesses, including family members, did participating in questioning on May 24. They provided statements recounting additional incidents of alleged abuse.

A warrant for Laird's arrest was requested on Thursday, May 29. She was located and charged with false imprisonment, second-degree battery, attempted perpetration of certain crimes of violence against a victim 65-years of age or older, cruelty to the infirmed, and exploitation of the infirmed. She was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where she is being held in lieu of a $16,000 bond. 

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