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Teen arrested for 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile

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James Eric Coody James Eric Coody
TIOGA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On April 18, 2014, deputies responded to the 4400 block of Handley Loop in the Tioga Area in reference to a medical emergency involving a juvenile. 

RPSO stated when deputies arrived, the infant was transported to the Rapides Regional Trauma Center for respiratory distress. The child, who was approximately two months old had abrasions and bruising to the head and face area. 

Due to the injuries observed, RPSO Detectives responded to the Emergency Room to initiate their investigation for possible child abuse. It was also determined by medical staff the infant had internal bleeding inside the brain. 

It was noted by the responding deputies that at the time of the incident, the child had been in the care of James Coody, 19, of Pineville, the live in boyfriend of the mother of the child, according to RPSO.  

Deputies transported  Coody to the Rapides Parish Criminal Investigations Division for an interview. 

After the interview, detectives had enough probable cause and Coody was placed under arrest and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center  for the charge of 2nd Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile. 

Coody remains in jail on a $100,000.00 bond.  Detectives said the child is out of the hospital at the time of this release.

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