NPSO: Goldonna police chief arrested, charged with felony cruelty to juvenile

Crime

UPDATE: At approximately 2:35 p.m. Monday, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s deputies confirmed that Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services case workers have removed the juvenile from the home in Goldonna, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

Detectives from the NPSO are in the process of executing a search warrant signed by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge at the home to search for any additional clues or evidence in the investigation.

GOLDONNA, La. (KTAL/KMSS) A Natchitoches parish police chief is being held without bond in Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Goldonna Police Chief Joe Hines on Sunday was arrested and charged with on count of felony cruelty to a juvenile, following an investigation by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Friday, two Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. investigators requested that a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputy accompany them while they investigated a hotline complaint in reference to a juvenile at a home in Goldonna, La.

Following the home visit, the DCFS advised the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office that, based on their investigation, there was no evidence of abuse and DCFS decided not to remove the child at that time.

But, after the DCFS decision the NPSO decided to open its own criminal investigation into the matter, which involved working throughout the weekend to gather additional video evidence, witness statements, suspect statements, as well as interviewing the minor child.

As a result of that investigation, on Sunday, the NPSO Criminal Investigation Department obtained a warrant from the 10th Judicial Court for the arrest of Hines for one felony count of cruelty to a juvenile.

The investigation is ongoing at this time. If anyone has pertinent information about this matter, contact the NPSO CID. NPSO will update the public with new information as the case evolves.

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