LAKE CHARLES - The mother and boyfriend charged with thirteen counts of child cruelty appeared in 72-hour court Tuesday morning, where they were assigned a lawyer.
Sarah Jane Marshall, 23, and her boyfriend Christopher Dale Austin, 32, were arrested Saturday near Topsy. Police say Marshall and Austin abused Marshall's three children -- ages 1, 2 and 5 years-old.
Police said a visiting relative in Sulphur discovered abuse marks on the five-year-old girl and toook the girl to a local hospital on Saturday.
After authorities went to a home Marshall and Austin were staying in, deputies discovered Marshall's two other children. Deputies arrested Marshall and Austin and took the children to a local hospital.
Deputies said all three children were beaten, bitten, kicked and had their hair pulled out.
Neither Marshall nor Austin have previous criminal histories.