Accused grandmother abuser back in police custody; DA recommends upgraded charges
A Baton Rouge woman accused of whipping a 93-year-old woman in her care has been taken back into custody following a court hearing on Friday, Jan. 24.
The District Attorney’s office has requested an added charge of aggravated second-degree battery.
Moore said the new charge carries up to 18 years in prison if convicted. Moore also says arrangements are also being made for someone new to care for the 93-year-old woman. Morgan’s son captured the incident on video and turned that video over to the police.
The beating, which happened earlier in January, was captured on cell phone video that has been widely circulated online.
Lottie Morgan, 57, was arrested Jan. 12 on a charge of cruelty to persons with infirmities but was released after posting a $1,500 bond set by Judge Kelly Balfour. On Thursday, Jan. 23, Morgan was back in the same home as the 93-year-old woman she’s accused of beating with a belt.
“The complainant displayed a video of the caregiver whipping the victim with a belt and verbally abusing her,” the arrest report said. “Officers located bruises on the 93-year-old female and transported the defendant to 1st District for booking paperwork.”
Judge Balfour says he had not seen the video before initially setting Morgan’s bond.