A Zachary woman accused of trying to kick her teenage daughter out of her residence for being in a lesbian relationship and for not conforming to female gender norms was arrested Wednesday on a juvenile cruelty count.
The 37-year-old mother told officers Tuesday she “would have the child become a ward of the state and sign over all rights to the child today if allowed,” according to a Zachary Police department affidavit of probable cause written by Sgt. J.A. Kleinpeter.
Officers showed up around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday at a Zachary residence after receiving a call about two truant juveniles, the document said. The daughter and another girl were found in the home and “admitted to being intimate that day as they skipped school,” the affidavit says.
The Advocate is not naming the mother to protect the identity of her daughter.
The mother showed authorities a handwritten contract signed by her daughter, stating the girl would “dress like a girl” and “do her hair,” according to the affidavit. The teenager told police she was forced to sign the agreement by her mother and only did so on the condition she could still play basketball.
The mother asked police to remove “this thing,” referring to her daughter, from her residence, the affidavit says. The girl claimed her mother had suggested she commit suicide and battered her and a sibling on many previous occasions, the document states.
The mother’s alleged actions “obviously caused traumatic psychological damage to this victim,” wrote Kleinpeter, in the affidavit.
After contacting a state Department of Children and Family Services employee, the officer determined the girl had been repeatedly kicked out of the house, the document said. DCFS began the process of placing the child in new care, the affidavit said.
The mother was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison on a count of cruelty to juveniles, and was assigned a bond of $5,000, according to jail records.