Man arrested after whipping leaves child with ‘numerous red marks on her arms and legs’

Man arrested after whipping leaves child with ‘numerous red marks on her arms and legs’
Tayler Ashworth

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Westlake man was arrested after whipping a girl with a belt, leaving “numerous red marks on her arms and legs,” authorities said.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, after receiving a complaint at a residence in Westlake, according to Kim Myers, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.

The 12-year-old girl told deputies that her mother’s boyfriend, Tayler C. Ashworth, 23, whipped her with a belt numerous times that morning, Myers said. Deputies saw “numerous red marks on her arms and legs.”

Ashworth confirmed to deputies he whipped the girl with a belt because she did not want to go to school, Myers said.

Ashworth was arrested on one count of cruelty to a juvenile. He was released Wednesday on $2,500 bond, set by Judge Clayton Davis.

Deputy Barrett Savoie was the arresting deputy and Det. Monte Gentry is the lead investigator.

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