A Louisiana woman is facing a cruelty charge for allegedly burning an 8-year-old’s hands because the child ate a snack without permission, police say.
Twenty-six-year-old Kerrian Clofer was charged Friday with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and false imprisonment after authorities were called to a local hospital where the child was being treated for the burns on her hands and marks all over her body, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
When detectives arrived at the hospital, the child said Clofer held her hands over the open flame of a gas stove for eating the snack.
‘The victim told detectives Clofer would handcuff and tie her to the legs of a bed while Clofer slept and went to work,’ the press release states.
The relationship between Clofer and the child is unclear. Police say the child said she was not allowed to eat for days, and when she was allowed, Clofer fed her noodles with salt and pepper.
She also said Clofer would beat her with a belt and metal hangers.
The child is in the intensive care unit of a Baton Rouge hospital and a judge ruled that the child be placed in state custody upon release.
A judge set Clofer’s bail at $70,000 under the conditions that the woman have no contact with the victim and no other criminal activity.
She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center, according to the news release.