A Prairieville couple has been arrested after a 2-year-old boy in their custody was brought to a hospital and ultimately listed in critical condition with "severe bruising," according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
Lee Jude Barrient, 27, and Rikki Dyson, 19, were arrested after Barrient's son was brought into the emergency room with severe bruising. The couple was booked into Ascension Parish jail and each faces counts of cruelty to juveniles and second-degree cruelty to juveniles.
Officials said they learned that Barrient had a 4-year-old child who also sustained similar bruising. Both children have been placed in the custody of the state Department of Children and Family Services.
Allison Hudson, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said Dyson's 1-year-old, has also been taken into custody.