Two arrested for cruelty to small children

From KPLC Staff:

Lake Charles, LA(KPLC)-A Calcasieu Parish mother and her boyfriend face cruelty charges, after investigators say they found evidence three children, aged 5, 2 and 1, had been beaten slapped, kicked, bitten and their hair pulled out.

The Calcasieu Sheriff's office says the investigation began this weekend, when a relative contacted authorities. That relative was concerned about injuries to a 5-year old girl. When deputies went to the child's home on Topsy Bell Road they say they found the two other children in poor condition. They were taken to the hospital.

According to medical personnel at the hospital, the children were dehydrated and malnourished. All three are still in the hospital being treated for malnutrition and their injuries which include a lacerated perineum, old rib fractures, a broken hip, and extensive bruising all over their bodies.  None of the children had been brought to the doctor or hospital when the injuries occurred.

The Children's mother 23-year old Sarah Jane Marshall  is charged with 13 counts of cruelty to a juvenile; and 1 count of second degree cruelty to a juvenile.

32-year-old Christopher Dale Austin is 13 counts of cruelty to a juvenile; and 2 counts of second degree cruelty to a juvenile The investigation is ongoing with more charges possible.

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