Police: Man hit boy with extension cord
Baker police arrested a 46-year-old man Monday accused of beating his stepson in a street with an extension cord, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
A patrol officer was stopped at the Coolidge Street and Arkansas Street intersection when the driver of a truck ahead of him exited his vehicle and told the officer he and his wife saw a man beating a boy with an extension cord in the street, the affidavit says.
The man pointed to Carlos Erwin Bell, who was walking down Arkansas Street with a limping boy nearby, the affidavit says. The boy’s age was not provided.
As the officer approached the boy, he saw Bell speed away in a black Chevrolet Malibu, the affidavit says. The officer pursued Bell and pulled him over.
Bell told the officer he “whooped (his) stepson” with the extension cord because the boy tried to set his and his neighbor’s house on fire, the affidavit says.
The boy told the officer he was in the backyard of his home burning leaves and paper with a lighter, the affidavit says.
The boy said Bell saw him playing with the lighter and began yelling at him, the affidavit says.
The boy tried to ride away on his bike, but the chain popped off around Coolidge Street, where Bell caught him and beat him, the affidavit says.
The boy had welts and lacerations on his shoulder, left arm, left rib area and both of his legs, the affidavit says.
The officer found the extension cord in Bell’s car, the affidavit says.
Bell, 3645 Grant St., was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of aggravated battery, cruelty to juveniles and disturbing the peace.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.