Parents of 5-Year-Old Lafayette, Louisiana Burn Victim Arrested for Child Cruelty
The child was originally hospitalized on March 9, suffering from second-degree burns on his face. His face and upper body also had signs of bruising, which prompted the initial investigation by police. That investigation led to the arrest of the child's father Preston King, 34, of Lafayette.
Police determined that the injuries to the child were the result of negligence from both parents, and a second arrest warrant was issued for the child's mother, Alexandra King, 33, of Lafayette.
Both parents were booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, each facing one count of Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles.
Cruelty to Juveniles
According to Louisiana law, Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles is defined as "the intentional or criminally negligent mistreatment or neglect by anyone over the age of seventeen to any child under the age of seventeen which causes serious bodily injury or neurological impairment to that child."
The punishment, if found guilty, can land the offender in jail for up to 40 years.