Baton Rouge police: Woman arrested after she 'disciplines' child, punches 6-year-old she was baby-sitting _lowres

Michelle Hutchinson, 28

A Baton Rouge woman accused of punching a 6-year-old girl multiple times in the face because “that is how she disciplines children” was arrested Monday on a cruelty count.

Michelle Josephine Hutchinson, 28, was baby-sitting the girl at her residence at 2725 Curtis St., Dec. 27, according to a Baton Rouge Police report.

When the girl’s mother picked up her daughter about 4 p.m., the child, who was bruised, said she’d been punched in the face and back numerous times, the report says.

When the mother confronted Hutchinson about the girl’s injuries, Hutchinson replied that beating children is the way she disciplines them, according to the document.

The girl was evaluated by police, who noticed bruising on her face and upper back, and at a local hospital, where a medical professional wrote in a report that the girl was a victim of “assault/suspected child physical abuse,” the report says.

Hutchinson refused to give a statement when questioned by police, according to the report.

The child was also asked questions during a forensic interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Hutchinson, who was booked Monday on a count of cruelty to juveniles, posted a $5,000 bail and was released from the East Baton Rouge Parish prison on Tuesday, according to jail records.