LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Authorities arrested a Lake Charles woman for cruelty to a juvenile charges after their investigation led them to believe she had beaten a 5-year-old girl.
On Friday, December 3, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a call from an employee of an elementary school regarding a child who had several bruises all over her body.
Authorities say the 5-year-old girl said that 36-year-old Jodie L. LeBouef of Lake Charles beat her with a leather belt and a leather dog leash. She also said LeBouef made her kneel for over an hour.
When questioned by CPSO detectives, authorities say LeBouef confirmed she hit the 5-year-old girl with the belt approximately 15 to 20 times and placed her on her knees for approximately an hour.
LeBouef was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and was charged with cruelty to a juvenile.
A judge set her bond at $200,000.
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