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New Orleans Man Accused of Abusing Son

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 8:44am

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - A man has been arrested on allegations of
keeping his 14-year-old son at home with him - without medical
treatment or schooling - for the past four years.
St. Bernard Parish sheriff's investigators say the boy, who
weighed only 60 pounds, was discovered Wednesday by a constable
serving an eviction notice at a mobile home.
His father, 30-year-old Daniel Ballard, was jailed on $25,000
bond after being booked with cruelty to a juvenile.
Detectives said Ballard could not answer such questions as when
the boy had last attended school and could not provide a copy of
his birth certificate.
The boy's mother lives in Arizona. Investigators say the teen
has been with Ballard in the New Orleans area since the summer of
2005.