A Natchitoches man and his mother have been arrested in connection with a domestic violence incident investigation that occurred last weekend near Natchitoches according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Cody Crittendon, 32, was arrested Thursday evening and is being held on $9,000 bond, while his mother, Diane Crittendon, 68, also arrested Thursday, was released on bond Friday.
The arrests came after a female reported to NPSO deputies that she had been beaten by her boyfriend, Cody Crittendon, at his residence in the 700 block of Fish Hatchery Road near Natchitoches last weekend.
The victim, who was treated at an Alexandria hospital for her injuries, met with deputies at an undisclosed location; and they reported observing severe bruising and swelling to her face, arms and upper body.
During the investigation, deputies learned Crittenden allegedly abused her after he thought she contacted an ex-acquaintance on social media.
During the struggle, in addition to other injuries, Crittenden allegedly pulled the victim’s hair, and put his fingers down her throat.
Deputies also learned when the victim attempted to leave the residence, Crittenden’s mother, Diane Crittenden, prevented her from leaving allegedly stating “you’re not going anywhere! My son is not going back to jail”.
But, the next day, the victim was given her vehicle keys and allowed to leave.
NPSO Deputies Merry Byers and Vanessa Stanfield, of the NPSO Community Services Division Domestic Violence Unit, along with other deputies interviewed the victim for a statement and photographed her injuries.
After seeing evidence, a Tenth Judicial District Judge issued criminal arrest warrants for both Crittenden and his mother.
At around 7 p.m. Thursday, deputies took both suspects into custody at their Fish Hatchery Road residence and arrested them without incident.
Crittenden, 32, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Dating Violence, Second Degree Battery, and False Imprisonment, while his mom was charged with Principal to False Imprisonment.
In addition, a protective order against Crittendon was signed by a judge.
The case file will be turned over to the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.
Sgt. R. Ross was assisted by Deputies M. Byers, V. Stanfield, Lt. C. Etheredge and members of NPSO Patrol Shift “A”.