BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A woman has been arrested after allegedly beating her young son with a leather belt while at the Celtic Studios Red Cross shelter, states a Louisiana State Police probable cause report.
The report states the officer who responded to the scene heard a child crying and screaming loudly and a few seconds later, saw a female, later identified as Keaire L. Hatton, 21, of Baton Rouge, walking towards the officer pulling on the right arm of a small child, who was later identified as her son. The child was being drug on the floor of Stage 5, which is currently being used as a Red Cross shelter. Hatton was pulling on the child's arm continuously and in an aggressive manner. The officer observed Hatton had a leather belt over her shoulder.
The report goes on to say that Hatton exited the building with her child and went out into the parking lot where residents of the shelter can use the restrooms and relax outdoors. One witness, who is a Red Cross worker from New York, followed Hatton outside.
A few moments later, the witness motioned for the officer to come outside. The reports states the officer could immediately hear the child screaming and saw several people sitting outside pointing towards the shower trailers.
The officer went to the rear of the trailer and saw Hatton standing over the child holding the belt, which was folded in half, saying, "You want me to give you something to cry about," repeatedly. The officer called out to Hatton to distract her and approached her, removing the belt from her hand. The child told the officer that his mother had thrown him to the ground struck him repeatedly with the belt.
The report states the officer then spoke with the assistant shelter supervisor, who stated she had seen Hatton throw the child to the ground and strike him multiple times.
During the arrest, Hatton attempted to pull her arms away and twisted her body in an aggressive manner. She also reportedly used profane language as she was being walked to the officer's vehicle. Hatton also turned her head and allegedly spit in the officer's face.
Hatton also attempted to physically resist being put into the officer's vehicle and had to be forced inside. Hatton was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and is charged with cruelty to juveniles, disturbing the peace, and resisting an officer.