Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for March, 2, 2014

Police say poor grade sparked beating, arrest

Baton Rouge police arrested a 45-year-old man Friday accused of beating his 7-year-old daughter because she did poorly in school.

Police booked Eddie Lee Franklin, 7113 Melon Court, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on a count of cruelty to juveniles.

Franklin is accused of striking the girl with a belt, punching her in the face and stepping on her back on Feb. 24 because the girl made “an ‘F’ in school,” a detective wrote in a warrant for Franklin’s arrest.

Franklin admitted to detectives that he did “whoop” the girl with a belt “and that he may have gone a bit overboard,” the warrant says.

Disinfectant put in coffee; woman arrested

Deputies arrested a Denham Springs woman on accusations she squirted a disinfectant into a co-worker’s coffee cup with the intent of injuring the woman.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday booked Cristina Collica, 31, 28953 Marlin Way, Denham Springs, into Parish Prison on a count of mingling harmful substances.

Video surveillance footage from Feb. 1 shows Collica grab a can of disinfectant, Foam Quat, from a window sill near an employee break area and put the substance into the victim’s coffee cup, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Collica allegedly then watched the woman take a sip of the coffee before returning to put more disinfectant into the cup, the affidavit says.

The woman who drank the disinfectant reported feeling sick soon afterward and left work to seek medical attention, the affidavit says.

It wasn’t clear in the affidavit where the act took place or whether Collica knew the other woman.

Baker house fire causes heavy damage Friday

A house caught fire in Baker on Friday evening because someone did not properly discard some sort of smoking material, the Baker Fire Department said on Saturday.

The Fire Department responded to the fire at 4225 Jefferson St., about 6:15 p.m. Friday, a news release says.

When firefighters arrived, they found at least half the home on fire and smoking heavily, department spokesman Howard Ward said. The firefighters stopped the fire from spreading to the entire home.

Two people in the home had already escaped by the time the Fire Department arrived. Neither they nor any firefighters were injured, Ward’s release says.

Authorities book five on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least five people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against him:

Lance Davis, 49, 10014 Santa Monica Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and brake lights required.

Chelcie Louviere, 21, 13111 Devall Road, Central, first-offense DWI, careless operation and possession of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle.

Jesse Lu, 21, 550 Lee Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, distributing or manufacturing Schedule I, II and IV drugs, careless operation, driver’s license required, negligent vehicular injuring, reckless operation and hit-and-run.

Glenn Vaneaton, 51, 9928 Mint Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.

Alyssa Zeringue, 25, 56505 La. 404, White Castle, first-offense DWI and making an improper turn.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.