Family, community react to Goldonna police chief arrest in child abuse investigation


GOLDONNA, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — The father of the police chief in Natchitoches Parish charged with felony child cruelty says he didn’t see it coming because his son was loved and well-known by the community, but believes that if his son should be punished for it if he is guilty.

Goldonna Police Chief Joe Hines, 47, is being held without bond at the Natchitoches Parish Jail on a felony charge of child abuse after an investigation that was prompted by a hotline complaint and a video surfaced in the community of the alleged abuse.

“He has always been a good kid,” Marvin Hines said Monday of his son. “It feels bad. Any parent doesn’t want to see their kid go to jail but if you do the crime do the time.”

According to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, investigators with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services asked for a deputy to accompany them Friday into the child’s home. After the visit, DCFS told the sheriff’s office that there was no evidence of abuse, and the child was not removed from the home.

But NPSO says after that decision, they opened their own investigation and worked through the weekend to secure evidence against Hines. He was arrested on November 1 and charged with one count of cruelty to a juvenile.

The sheriff’s office has not offered any details on the nature of the alleged child abuse, but the video of the alleged abuse has made the rounds in the small community.

“The laughing and eating while he was “disciplining her it was just…just too much,” said resident Leslie Williams. “If that had been my child, I would be the one in jail right now. I don’t want him representing anything to do with our community. I mean, I honestly believe he is fine right where he is at.”

Some people even talked about voting him out of the office.

“I can’t stand the fact that it could be happening here,” said David Day, Jr. “That’s why we’re doing what we can to try to remove him from being associated with us directly as the police chief here.”

Marvin Hines said he hopes his son learns a valuable lesson from this.

“Don’t do what you’re told. Do what you think is right.”

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