Report: Sergeant choked 14-year-old
A veteran Baton Rouge police sergeant was arrested late Wednesday on allegations he choked his 14-year-old daughter and struck her with a wooden board at their home in Baker.
Sgt. Wroten Brumfield, 39, 4402 Fourchon Dr., is accused of holding the girl against a wall and saying, “You must want me to treat you like I treat the people on the street,” according to Baker police.
Brumfield, an 18-year veteran of the department assigned to the burglary division, was booked into Parish Prison on one count of domestic abuse battery strangulation, a felony, and placed on administrative leave.
The investigation began Wednesday evening after a Department of Children and Family Services worker alerted authorities to a case of suspected child abuse.
That worker had received a complaint from a nurse at Central High School regarding the girl’s injuries, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The girl told Baker police her father confronted her over a cellphone she had and grabbed her, pushed her against the wall and choked her.
“The juvenile described the choking as the defendant squeezing tightly against her throat area,” Officer Ryan Lowe wrote in the affidavit. The girl said Brumfield “picked her up from off the floor and held her against the wall.”
The girl claimed she was then “thrown from one room to another and slapped and restrained on the ground like a prisoner … Juvenile stated that the defendant then told her, ‘You must want me to treat you like I treat the people on the street,’ ” Lowe wrote in his report.
The altercation was interrupted by the girl’s stepmother, the affidavit said.
The teen said her father then instructed her to get ready for a spanking, “at which time he went and retrieved a board and told her stand on the wall,” the affidavit said. “The juvenile explained that the defendant began swinging board aiming for her side area at which time her arm was struck.”
Brumfield admitted to the officer he had confronted his daughter about a cellphone and grabbed her forcefully in an attempt to get the phone, according to the affidavit.
He also admitted holding the girl in the neck area and making the remark about treating her like someone on the street, the affidavit said.
“The defendant stated that while trying to spank his daughter he struck her in the right arm, at which time he stated that he heard the wood hit the bone and stopped.”
The affidavit refers to an unidentified witness who, upon returning home, saw Brumfield on top of the girl.
“Anytime we deal with an officer, whether it’s one of ours or someone else’s, we don’t treat them any differently than we do anybody else,” Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps said. “You’re either innocent and we don’t charge you, or we feel like there’s enough information and we charge you.”
Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the arrest.
Brumfield was released Thursday on $2,000 bond.
He is the second Baton Rouge police officer to be arrested over the past month.
Taylor Derousselle, 24, 13132 Oak Knoll Drive, Geismar, was booked with simple battery last month after he allegedly punched a Varsity Theater employee.