DA: At this time, not pursuing charges against mother arrested for allegedly whipping kids
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The district attorney's office said it is currently not pursuing charges against a mother arrested for allegedly hitting children because they reportedly burglarized a home, but a final review of the case has not been completed.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said he does not have all of the documents in the case against Schaquana Spears, 30, of Baton Rouge. She was arrested on charges of felony cruelty to juveniles.
He added he will meet with officials with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services in the next week or two for a final review of the case and then make a decision on whether or not to drop charges.
"My intent is to not prosecute. I doubt that I'll change my mind. I don't think there's evidence there to help me change my mind," Moore said.
According to the probable cause report, detectives with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office were contacted by the Department of Children and Family Services on June 17.
The deputy notes in the report that the 13-year-old child of Spears had marks on his leg, shoulder, back and stomach. He reportedly told deputies his mother "hit him with a RCA cord multiple times."
After speaking to the child's mother, the deputy learned the motive for the incident.
"[She] admitted to hitting [the child] and her two other sons multiple times as they were moving and running away," the deputy noted. "[She] did this because the victims burglarized a residence down the street."
The deputy said one child had a cut on his left arm from the belt, but no other visible injuries. The youngest child, who is 10 years old, had a small scratch on his hand.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced on June 24 that the Louisiana Department of Justice was also looking into the case.
"Because the State faces potential liability related to Schaquana Evita Spears, I am involving the Louisiana Department of Justice in this matter," explained General Landry. "We will be contacting Ms. Spears' attorneys and requesting a meeting in our office to hear their version of the events that took place on June 17, 2016. Additionally, we will be contacting the Department of Children and Family Services to verify Ms. Spears' children were removed from her custody and, if so, their justification for such action."
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