Arrest made in Alexandria cruelty to juveniles case - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Arrest made in Alexandria cruelty to juveniles case

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On July 18, 2014, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 2800 block of Woodlawn Drive in Alexandria in reference to a request from the Department of Children and Family Services.  


DCFS was there investigating a complaint of possible child abuse on a juvenile that lived in the residence. Detectives also responded to conduct their investigation into the allegations. 


After a thorough investigation, detectives developed enough probable cause that supported the allegations. Warrants were obtained on the two suspects, identified as Michael Earl Richards, 50, and Melissa Blanche Richards, 42, both of Alexandria, for 1 count of Cruelty to Juveniles each.  


On August 13, both suspects were arrested on the warrants and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center where they were later released on bond.  Bond for Michael was set at $1,500.00 and bond for Melissa was set at $750.00.


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