State authorities have taken nine Baton Rouge siblings into custody after finding little food and no beds for the children in their home Saturday, according to a Baton Rouge police report.
The mother of the children, 27-year-old Leticia Brothers, 12627 La Margie Ave., was arrested and booked into Parish Prison on counts of child endangerment, cruelty to juveniles, criminal neglect of family and encouraging child delinquency by neglect.
Baton Rouge police were called to Brothers’ home Saturday after receiving a report about child abuse, according to the report. A 9-year-old daughter with a welt on her head told officers her mother had “whooped” her and pushed her head into something while pulling the child’s hair, the report says.
After looking through the house, officers noticed just two couches and no beds in the home and “extremely minimal food in the pantry and refrigerator” and found that all nine children slept “huddled together” on the floor in the bedroom with “minimal comforts,” the report says.
When asked about the conditions in the home, Brothers told police she was in the process of applying for child support benefits through the state, according to the report.
Baton Rouge Police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola said the nine children were placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. Bail for Brothers, who remained in Parish Prison, had not yet been set as of Monday evening.