A West Monroe couple was arrested Wednesday after a 3-year-old child was found with welts and a bloody mouth.
Stacie Brodnax, 25, and her 21-year-old boyfriend Charles Clark, both of 1616 Arkansas Road, were charged with cruelty to a juvenile.
According to an arrest affidavit, Brodnax, the mother of the child, told a West Monroe police officer that she and Clark punished the child for acting badly at day care.
Brodnax said she held the child down while Clark struck the baby with a large plastic spoon, producing welts on the child’s back side.
The affidavit said the child was placed in bed and Clark asked if the child would be good tomorrow. When the child supposedly said no, Brodnax said he heard Clark strike the child again and leave for work.
When she went to check on the child, it was bleeding from the mouth.
Brodnax’s mother called police and Brodnax was arrested immediately.
Police came for Clark, who is not the child’s father, at his job. They were booked at Ouachita Correctional Center. Bond for each is $15,000.