Slidell couple booked for pouring beer down child’s throat, slapping him _lowres

Brett Flower and Krysten Verdin

A Slidell couple has been booked for cruelty to a juvenile after allegedly pouring beer down a one-year-old’s throat then slapping him when he would throw up, a Slidell Police spokesman said.

Brett Flower, 24, and Krysten Verdin, 23, were booked Tuesday on counts of cruelty to a juvenile after the child’s grandfather filed a complaint saying he saw signs of abuse on his grandson, Det. Daniel Seuzeneau said.

When officers began to investigate, they were told that on several occasions, Flower — not the child’s natural father — poured beer down the child’s throat, which would cause him to choke and throw up. The throwing up would prompt a slap in the back of the head from Verdin, often knocking the child down, Seuzeneau said.

Both remain in the St. Tammany Jail as of Thursday morning.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is also investigating the allegations, Seuzeneau said.

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