Woman arrested after striking child with belt, caused severe bruising

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Friday, September 20, 2013 - 5:00pm

A Sulphur Woman has been arrested on charges of Cruetly to a Juvenile.

On September 9, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a Sulphur elementary school after receiving a complaint from school officials regarding Darlene E. Collins, 30, physically abusing a 7-year-old family member who is a student at the school.

When deputies arrived, they observed numerous bruises and marks on the child. During further investigation, deputies discovered Collins struck the child with a belt, causing whelps and severe bruises to her face, stomach, arms, legs and back.

When questioned by detectives, Collins confirmed the allegations.

Collins was arrested on September 16 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with Cruelty to a Juvenile. Her bond was set at $10,000.

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