Sheriff’s Office: Father arrested after spanking left black, blue bruises on child _lowres

Buddy James Kern

Deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man after his six-year-old daughter reported he had spanked her so hard that he left large purple and blue bruises on her.

The Morgan City Police Department asked the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 1 to investigate the child’s allegations, made to teachers, that Buddy James Kern, 32, had hit her hard sometime between Jan. 22 and Jan. 24., the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office report says.

The girl told detectives Kern whipped her hard multiple times with his hand while she knelt, wearing only her underwear, the report says. The victim said she had a hard time breathing and felt as if she was going to throw up during the spanking.

When detectives interviewed the girl’s grandmother Feb. 6, the woman told investigators her granddaughter was visiting Kern that weekend, according to the report.

She said when the girl returned, Kern warned her about the bruising and said it had been from a spanking. The grandmother showed deputies photographs she took, which the report describes as showing large blue and purple bruises on the girl’s buttocks.

Kern, 5004 Cumberland Cove Drive, was booked into Parish Prison Wednesday morning on a count of cruelty to juveniles.