ERIC SCOTT RADIO | LAKE CHARLES, LA. — On October 12, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local elementary school after receiving a complaint from school officials regarding Erica Wells, 26, 1917 8th Street, Lake Charles, physically abusing a 4 year old family member who is a student at the school.

When deputies arrived, they observed numerous bruises and marks on the victim. During further investigation, deputies discovered Wells struck the victim with a sandal causing swelling and severe bruises to her face, neck and chest.

When questioned by detectives, Wells confirmed the allegations. She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1 count of cruelty to a juvenile.

Judge Michael Canaday set her bond at $125,000.

The victim was removed from the home by the Department of Children & Family Services.

CPSO Detective William Wilcox is the lead investigator on this case.

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