Baker police: Woman arrested after striking boy in the face with a belt for being ‘disrespectful’ _lowres

Nicolle Edwards, 28

A visit by a child services agent ended in a woman’s arrest Tuesday after her 4-year-old son was found with bruising on his face.

While investigating a report from Baker Heights Elementary School at 3750 Harding St., Baker, a Department of Children and Family Services worker learned a boy had apparently been beaten in the face with a belt by his mother, Nicolle Desiree Edwards, according to a Baker police affidavit.

A Baker police officer joined the inquiry into the boy’s alleged beating and observed an injury with “a red with bluish tint” on the child’s right jaw and cheek area, the report said.

Edwards, 28, of the 12000 block of Plank Road in Baker, admitted to whipping the boy in the face “for being disrespectful,” according to the document. She said “she would discipline her children as she seen fit” and that “there is no law against whipping a child,” the affidavit said.

Edwards was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail, according to jail records. She faces a count of cruelty to a juvenile.