A LaPlace grandmother has been booked on counts of kidnapping and cruelty to her 8-year-old granddaughter, whom she abused so badly that the girl had to be treated for fractured bones, burns and organ failure due to starvation, authorities said.
St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said his office’s investigation into Davana Tripps, 42, began with a call May 7 from the child’s legal guardian, her mother. The mother said she believed her child was being held by the grandmother or the child’s aunt, Kerrian Clofer, 26.
Tripps and Clofer refused to cooperate with sheriff’s deputies, but State Police and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office were able to help them find the girl at Clofer’s home.
The Sheriff’s Office said it was able to determine that the girl had been severely abused at Tripps’ home on Yorktown Drive in LaPlace. Tripps has two sons who were in good health and have been taken out of the home, authorities said.
Tripps has been booked on aggravated second-degree battery, second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, aggravated kidnapping and false imprisonment. She is being on $153,500 bail.
Tregre said the investigation continues and that additional arrest warrants may be sought.