Baton Rouge man accused of beating son in face with belt for leaving clothes at school _lowres

Lester Kinchen

A Baton Rouge man accused of beating his elementary school-aged son across the face with a belt was arrested Friday.

The Department of Child and Family Services called Baton Rouge police to Melrose Elementary School in reference to a complaint about a boy with marks on his face and behind his ears, a Baton Rouge police report says.

The boy would not initially talk to investigators about what happened, but eventually told them he was playing in his grandmother’s backyard when his father Lester Kinchen, 46, approached and asked him where to find his school clothes.

The boy told officers that after he told his father he’d left them at school, Kinchen took off his belt and began beating him across the face. Police took photos of marks on his face and one mark behind his ear, the report says.

The boy was taken to a medical clinic and examined by a doctor, the report says, and was released into the custody of the state. Kinchen later arrived at the medical clinic and was arrested.

Kinchen, 767 Columbus Dunn Drive, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of cruelty to a juvenile.