A Baton Rouge man and woman were arrested Sunday each on a count of child cruelty after an altercation in which they are accused of physically and verbally abusing two juveniles.
Christine Powell, 31, reported to police that she had been assaulted by her 12-year-old niece, but when police arrived at her home, the girl and her 13-year-old brother accused Powell of yelling profanities at the 12-year-old, kicking her and pointing a knife in her face, saying “I will kill you!” because the girl refused to wash dishes, according to a Baton Rouge police report.
An argument ensued between the two when Powell returned home Sunday morning from church and learned her niece allowed Powell’s 4-year-old daughter to leave the house with a family friend, the report says. Powell yelled at her niece and then told her to go wash the dishes. When she refused, the argument escalated.
The two juveniles also told police Dorian Watson, 27, abused the 13-year-old boy during an argument after Powell told them to get out of the house. Watson is accused of grabbing the boy by his shirt collar, pushing him into a vehicle and threatening to slap him, the report says. Watson continued to verbally abuse the boy while driving the two children to their mother’s workplace.
Powell and Watson, both of 1251 N. Ardenwood Drive, were booked on counts of cruelty to juveniles based on statements from the victims.
The report says Powell was arrested and convicted of a similar offense in 2009.