On October 17, 2017 at approximately 6:00 p.m., River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) deputies were dispatched to Christus Coushatta Emergency Room in reference to a suspected child abuse victim. The four year old white/male was driven by private vehicle to the E.R. by his step mother after he reportedly became unresponsive. Following initial contact with the child and his step mother, responding deputies requested that a RRPSO criminal investigator be dispatched to the hospital.
At approximately 6:20 p.m. the investigator arrived on scene and met with medical personnel and the victim, observing and documenting numerous injuries over his entire body, including significant head trauma. The pattern of injuries indicated abuse over an extended period. The child was being prepped for air transport due to the seriousness of the injuries and was subsequently airlifted by Life Air helicopter to University Health in Shreveport. The child’s step mother, Brooke Blount, was interviewed during this process. Probable Cause was developed which confirmed that Mrs. Blount was responsible for the serious injuries inflicted on the child.
Brooke A. Blount, W/F, age 23, of the 100 block of John Cotton Road, Coushatta, LA was taken into custody without incident and later transported to the Red River Parish Jail (RRPJ) for booking. She was charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder, Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile and Domestic Abuse Battery (Serious Bodily Injury). Her total bond was set at $250,000 and she remains incarcerated.
Later that evening, the investigator interviewed the child’s biological father, Jordan Blount, who had been working out of town. While it was determined that he was not involved in the most recent incident, the investigator developed evidence of his involvement in prior instances of abuse.
Jordan L. Blount, W/M, age 25, also of the 100 block of John Cotton Road in Coushatta was placed under arrest and charged with Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile and Domestic Abuse Battery (Serious Bodily Injury). His total bond was set at $150,000 and he remains incarcerated in the RRPJ.
At last report the child was listed in stable condition at University Health. The investigation is ongoing.