Man arrested for reportedly beating baby with belt

Man arrested for reportedly beating baby with belt

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man has been arrested for reportedly beating an 8-month-old child with a belt.

On Tuesday, April 18, around noon, deputies were dispatched to a call in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile incident where the child's mother was at a local hospital to get treatment for the baby's injuries. When deputies arrived at the hospital, they spoke to the baby's mother, who said she left the child in the care of Darius Hasbert while she was at work and believes he abused the child during that time.

She said she was at work from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and when she arrived back at home, she gave the baby a bath and noticed a mark on the left side of his forehead and a scratch under his left eye. She said she called Hasbert and asked him about the incident, and said he became angry and defensive. She then spoke to her 6-year-old child, who said she saw Hasbert spank the baby with a belt because he was crying too much.

The mother then brought the infant to Our Lady of the Lake to receive treatment. During the medical exam, hospital staff observed red marks on the backs of the baby's legs just behind his knees, as well as a bruise about 3 inches long across the outer left thigh of the baby. Deputies also observed a quarter-sized red mark on the left forehead of the baby and a small scratch under his left eye.

Deputies also spoke with the 6-year-old child at the hospital, who said she saw Hasbert strike her baby brother with a belt because he was angry that the baby wouldn't stop crying. She said she saw Hasbert hit the baby approximately three times to make him stop crying.

Hospital staff notified the Department of Children and Family Services. Deputies contacted Hasbert at his home and then brought him to the Detectives Office for an interview. Hasbert was read his Miranda rights and stated he did not wish to make a statement because "what happened, happened and there is nothing I can say to change anything."

Hasbert was then arrested and transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, where he was booked on a felony charge of cruelty to juveniles. Hasbert does have a history of violence, with a cruelty to juveniles arrest back on December 17, 2015.

*Editor's Note: To protect the identities of the victims involved, we have not included details about Darius Hasbert's relationship with the infant.