BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A Baton Rouge mother who severely beat her 2-year-old son with a belt is in custody, facing counts of attempted first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to juveniles.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1GxnlSi ) 29-year-old Samantha Snell told deputies she had beaten the boy Monday as a form of discipline for getting water out of the refrigerator. After the beating, Snell says the boy fell and hit his head on a tile floor.
Then, she says, the child stopped eating, was in and out of consciousness and slept for nearly 15 hours, prompting her to bring him Tuesday to a hospital, where he's in critical, guarded condition.
Snell is being held on $125,000 bond. It was unknown if she has an attorney.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com