As indicated by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, a man from Natchitoches and his mother have been arrested regarding a domestic violence incident investigation that happened last weekend near Natchitoches.
Cody Crittenden, 32, was arrested on Thursday evening and is being held on $9,000 bond, while his mother, Diane Crittenden, 68, also arrested on Thursday, was released on bond Friday.
The arrests came after a female reported to NPSO deputies that she had been beaten by her boyfriend, Cody Crittenden, at his residence in the 700 block of Fish Hatchery Road near Natchitoches last weekend.
The victim, who was treated at an Alexandria hospital for her wounds, met with deputies at an undisclosed location; and they reported observing extreme bruising and swelling to her face, arms and upper body.
Amid the investigation, deputies learned Crittenden allegedly abused her after he thought she contacted an ex-acquaintance on social media.
During the struggle, in addition to other injuries, Crittenden purportedly pulled the victim’s hair and put his fingers down her throat.
Deputies also learned when the victim tried to leave the residence, Crittenden’s mother, Diane Crittenden, stopped her from leaving allegedly stating “you’re not going anywhere! My son is not going back to jail”.
However, the next day, the victim was given her vehicle keys and permitted to leave.
NPSO Deputies Merry Byers and Vanessa Stanfield, of the NPSO Community Services Division Domestic Violence Unit, alongside other deputies, interviewed the victim for a statement and photographed her injuries.
After seeing evidence, a Tenth Judicial District Judge issued criminal arrest warrants for both Crittenden and his mother.
At around 7 p.m. on Thursday, deputies arrested both suspects at their Fish Hatchery Road residence without incident.
Crittenden, 32, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Dating Violence, Second Degree Battery, and False Imprisonment, while his mom was charged with Principal to False Imprisonment.
Furthermore, a protective order against Crittenden was signed by a judge.
The case file will be turned over to the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.
Sgt. R. Ross was aided by Deputies M. Byers, V. Stanfield, Lt. C. Etheredge and members of NPSO Patrol Shift “A”.