Berwick police arrest two for cruelty to child

A pair of Berwick residents were arrested on warrants for cruelty to a juvenile Wednesday.

Chief James Richard said Leah Hart, 22, and Derek Gould, 27, both of Verson Street were charged after physical abuse allegations against a 4-year-old were initiated Tuesday.

The warrants were issued Wednesday. Hart was located at her residence at 11:51 a.m., while Gould turned himself in to officers at 12:41 p.m. The child was safely moved.

Gould remained incarcerated in Berwick in lieu of a $25,000 bond, while Hart was being held in Franklin in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

Elsewhere, Phillip Donati, 58, of Napoleonville was charged Wednesday at 1:33 p.m. for hit and run at the Bayou Vista Wal-Mart parking lot.

Sheriff Mark Hebert said upon the St. Mary Sheriff deputy’s arrival, the complainant advised that the suspect vehicle backed into her vehicle and left the scene. The deputy was contacted by Assumption Parish in reference to locating a suspect vehicle on La. 398 in Bayou L’Ourse. The deputy conducted an investigation in that area before issuing a summons to appear in court.

Deidre L. Martin, 39, of Prairie Road in Verdunville was arrested Wednesday at 4:16 p.m. for theft, resisting an officer by flight and on warrants for simple burglary, theft and failure to appear on the charge of simple criminal damage to property.

A deputy was investigating a theft complaint when Martin was developed as a suspect. The deputy received information of the suspect being at Palmer Lane, and deputies went to location. Upon entering the residence, the suspect fled on foot from the back door of residence with the deputy giving chase. The suspect was apprehended and placed under arrest, Hebert said.

Martin was booked into the parish jail where she remained this morning with no bond set.

Thomas Streetman, 22, and Jacob Hanks, 22, of La. 182 in Berwick and Eric Leleaux, 19, of Fourth Street in Berwick were arrested Wednesday at 10:07 p.m. for simple burglary.

A deputy patrolling Siracusa Road conducted an investigative stop. During the investigation, the deputy located the suspects sitting in the vehicle and observed several items of iron in the trunk. Upon further investigation, it was learned that these items were taken from the yard at the location, according to Hebert.

All three were booked into the parish jail, where they remained this morning with no bonds set.

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