FRANKLINTON, La. – Washington Parish authorities arrested two people after a severely dehydrated and malnourished nine-week-old baby was brought to Riverside Hospital, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said through a news release.
The father of the child, Jeremy Denny, 26, and his fiancé, Cassie Hutton, 26, were arrested Thursday on charges of second degree cruelty to a juvenile, the sheriff’s office said. Detectives have warrants for three other people -- Amber Newman, Jonathan Newman and Jeanie Cristina Goynes -- who were living in the same rental trailer as Denny and Hutton.
The child “was in a life-threatening condition” when the infant was brought to the hospital, and according to the attending physician, the “child was within hours of death,” the sheriff's office said. Denny and Hutton, who were at the hospital, were taken to the Washington Parish Jail and the child was placed in the custody of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
“Both arrested adults admitted to Sheriff’s Office detectives that they lived in a small rental trailer with no bathroom or kitchen facilities,” Ritchie said. “Further, they stated that the infant had not been bathed in over a month and that three other adults lived in the trailer with them.”
Denny and Hutton remain in the Washington Parish Jail each under a $75,000 bond.
“This is one of the most disturbing abuse cases I have seen in quite some time,” Capt. Tommie Sorrell said. “Five adults living in a house, and not one could be responsible enough to put a bottle in this baby’s mouth.”
According to the sheriff's office, the child is in fair condition and is gaining weight steadily.