Houma man arrested for abuse of his 10 year-old son
Nicholas Verdin, 34
Houma, La. - The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a Houma man for allegedly abusing his 10 year-old son, according to a police spokesperson.
An officer was on patrol Tuesday morning in the area of Grand Caillou Road when he located a 10 year-old child walking along the highway.
The deputy encountered the child and questioned him about his destination. The boy told the officer that he was attempting to walk home to his residence in east Houma near the tunnel.
When the deputy arrived at the home, the woman there identified herself as the child's grandmother. The grandmother indicated that the child did not live with her and that he resided with his father on Grand Caillou Road.
After further investigation, the child disclosed that he has suffered abuse at the hands of his father while in his care.
"Brought the child to a local hospital where it was noted fresh and also scarred burn marks from cigarettes and lighters on the palms of his hands, the tops of his hands and also his ankles and the bottoms and tops of his feet," says Captain Dawn Foret of the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say the child had massive scarring his knees from being forced to kneel in rice while holding encyclopedias for long periods of time.
Medical staff treated his injuries and also noted that the child was severely malnourished.
"He warmed up to our police officers and indicated that he was hungry and once he opened that door, he never stopped eating and never stopped talking," says Foret. "From all our indications, just the time that we spent with him, he was a very polite and happy kid and he seemed to be relieved."
The Department of Children and Family Services has custody of the boy.
The father, identified as 34 year-old Nicholas Verdin, was arrested and booked for one count of cruelty to a juvenile. He's being held on $500,000 bond.
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