BR couple booked on counts of cruelty to juvenile

A Baton Rouge couple has been booked into Parish Prison on counts of cruelty to juveniles after doctors discovered multiple bone fractures and cigarette burns on a 1-year-old boy Saturday morning, a police spokesman said.

Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said doctors who treated the boy after his mother awoke in a hotel room Saturday to find him not breathing discovered the fractures and burns when they examined the child.

McKneely said the child’s mother, Amy Hayes, 19, 3418 Dalton St., told police that her boyfriend, Brandon Johnson, 19, 4314 E. Merrydale Court, abused the child and that she knew about it but was afraid to say anything.

Hayes told detectives that she and Johnson got into an argument at the Microtel Hotel at 10311 Plaza Americana at 3 a.m. Saturday, McKneely said. She said that when she threatened to leave with the child, Johnson grabbed the boy from her arms, McKneely said.

Hayes told police that when Johnson grabbed the child, his head hit the couch, McKneely said. She also told police Johnson shook the boy when he would not stop crying, McKneely said. Johnson denied all of Hayes’ allegations, McKneely said.

The police spokesman said Hayes also told police she had been held against her will at the hotel.

Police booked Johnson into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of false imprisonment and second-degree cruelty to juveniles. Hayes was booked on one count of second-degree cruelty to juveniles.