Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced Jared Richeaux (age 30) and Jada Verdin (age 31), both of Larose, have been arrested for cruelty to a juvenile. On July 15, 2017, deputies began an investigation into possible child abuse. Through investigation, juvenile detectives learned Richeaux allegedly struck the child multiple times on his buttocks with what he referred to as a “paddle.” Detectives learned the “paddle” was actually a piece of wood which was 2 inches by 4 inches thick with holes drilled into it. This caused the child to suffer a large bruise and several red marks on the buttocks. Detectives also learned Verdin had disposed of the piece of wood. Following an investigation, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Richeaux and Verdin. They turned themselves in on Wednesday, August 2, and were booked into jail on one count each of Cruelty to a Juvenile. They subsequently bonded out the same day. Richeaux’s bond had been set at $5,000, and Verdin’s bond was set at $2,500.