JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested a man and woman after learning that the man severely injured his son by beating him.
According to police, officers responded to a medical call on Clifford Court in Waggaman, on Saturday around 12:22 p.m. The caller, identified as Furnell Daniels, said that his 14-year-old son Jalen Daniels fell in the bathtub and hit his head. He told authorities that Jalen was unconscious, but still breathing.
Jalen was transported to Ochsner Main Campus on Jefferson Highway. The father told officers that he paddled Jalen the day before for having poor grades. He told them that Jalen kept complaining of pain but he thought that Jalen was only saying that to avoid further discipline.
Afterwards, police spoke with members of the ER staff who said that the injuries sustained were from the abuse and not from the fall. Officers then notified JPSO homicide detectives Donald Zanotelli and Gabe Faucetta. When they arrived to the hospital, they learned that Jalen was in grave condition and not responding. According to police, Zanotelli and Faucetta learned that Jalen suffered multiple bruises, contusions, lacerations and abrasions on his arms, legs, torso and head and had a splinter above his right eye.
Zanotelli and Faucetta also discovered that Jalen's 15-year-old brother would also get paddled for getting poor grades. The victim was scared of his father and ran away when he tried to paddle him. Detectives learned that the victim was hit several times with a paddle and after falling down, he would continue getting hit.
After being paddled Friday, Jalen's step-mother, identified as Terri Daniels, returned home from work around 10 p.m. and heard about the paddling. Jalen told her that he was suffering from headaches and other injuries. Afterwards Furnell and Terri went to a store and purchased headache medicine and Epson salt to bathe Jalen in. While bathing, Jalen collapsed and could not get back up under his own power. Furnell and Terri then removed Jalen from the tub and put him to bed, ignoring his need for medical attention.
Police say that some time between 4 a.m and 5 a.m. Saturday, Jalen began sweating profusely in addition to vomiting and urinating on himself. The couple then moved Jalen from his bed to the living room couch. According to police, around 9 a.m., Jalen began speaking incoherently, while breathing fast and heavy. Furnell called Terri at work to tell her what was happening to Jalen, then called 911 after Jalen became unresponsive.
Investigators obtained arrest warrants for both Furnell and Terri Daniels for second degree cruelty to a juvenile. While being questioned, Furnell invoked his right to an attorney while Terri admitted to knowing about the incident but was unaware of the extent of the injuries. Furnell and Terri Daniels were booked at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.