Bogalusa Parents Arrested for Attempted Murder and Child Abuse
Published 3:02 pm Wednesday, January 24, 2024
BOGALUSA, La. — Alexis Bolton (24) and Andrew Scott (30) have been arrested by the Bogalusa Police Department on charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, Cruelty to Juveniles, and Domestic Abuse Battery. The arrest follows a disturbing case of child abuse that left a 2-month-old infant with life-threatening injuries.
The investigation, initiated on Sunday, Jan. 14, revealed that the injuries sustained by the infant were intentional. The child was immediately transported to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, where further examination uncovered additional severe injuries that were already in the healing process, indicative of prolonged physical abuse. This prompted swift action from the authorities.
Despite the parents’ initial claims of uncertainty regarding how the infant received the injuries, detectives determined that only the mother and father were present in the residence at the time of the incident. This information led to the arrest of both parents on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
The charges against Bolton and Scott include Attempted First Degree Murder, reflecting the severity of the injuries and the age of the child. Additionally, they face charges of Cruelty to Juveniles and Domestic Abuse Battery. The investigation also unveiled a history of abuse, as one of Bolton’s other children, a 3-year-old, had previously sustained injuries consistent with physical abuse while living with the accused couple. Both Bolton and Scott face appropriate charges related to this previous case of child abuse.
Following medical treatment, the 2-month-old infant has been released into the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The prognosis indicates potential long-term effects resulting from the injuries.
The Bogalusa Police Department emphasizes that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The investigation is ongoing, and additional details may be released in the future as the case develops. The community is urged to remain vigilant, and anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to come forward, by contacting DCFS at (985) 732-1400.