OPELOUSAS, LA (WAFB) - An Opelousas woman is awaiting trial after she was arrested for allegedly burning her 5-year-old child with cigarettes.
According to a news release by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, detectives were told about potential signs of torture to a juvenile after staffers at the Opelousas General Hospital treated the boy for burns to his hands and torso.
Detectives interviewed the child as well as the concerned father who brought his son to the emergency room. After the investigation, the boy's mother, Jessica Deville, 26, was arrested and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.
St. Landry Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says that a crime like this is "shocking to the senses."
The 5-year-old is recovering and will live with his father. St. Landry Parish Child Protection Services have been notified and are in the process of their own investigation.
Deville has been released from jail on a $3,500 bond.