KENNER, LA (WVUE) - A Kenner woman was released on bond Monday after being accused of "torturing" a 7-year-old boy by fracturing his skull with a cooking pan, pushing tacks into his skin and beating him, according to authorities.
Morning Brooks, 46, the girlfriend of the boy's father, was taken into custody and booked March 31 with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after a yearlong investigation, according to Kenner Police spokesman Lt. Brian McGregor, who told our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune that they wanted to "make sure the charges were based on the findings."
Jefferson Parish Magistrate Commissioner Paul Schneider issued an 18-month order of protection barring Brooks from contact with the boy. Brooks, of St. Phillips St. in Kenner, was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center and then released on a $20,000 bond.
In early October of 2015, the boy's father took him to Tulane-Lakeside Hospital in Metairie for treatment, according to the arrest report. Doctors determined the boy had a partial skull fracture, an inflamed pancreas, a burn on the inside of his lip, bruises on his ribs and legs, bruises and scratches on his face and fluid collecting in his abdomen, the arrest report said.
The boy described his treatment by Brooks as torture, saying he thought she wanted to kill him.
The boy's father was not arrested, and it's not clear when he learned of the abuse. The child was last known to be in his father's custody, according to McGregor.