Deputies in Louisiana find special needs child without clothes, covered in feces

LAKE CHALRES, La. (BRPROUD) – A welfare check in Calcasieu Parish, La., ended with deputies finding a 5-year-old boy with no clothes on and “covered in feces.” .

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was asked to conduct a wellness check at a home around 2 p.m. Monday. The check was for a boy with special needs who called Sulpher at home. The first thing deputies saw when they arrived at the scene was a naked boy who was “covered in feces”.

CPSO said deputies learned that his guardian had left him in the care of a disabled adult who was unable to provide adequate supervision for the child. Further investigation by deputies revealed that the house contained human and animal excrement throughout.

Deputies searched the house and could not find any clothes for the 5-year-old. Two and a half hours after arriving, deputies saw the child’s carer, Ouida W. Whatley, 42, return home. Whatley was arrested and charged with cruelty to minors.

Whatley is currently in Calcasieu Correctional Center on $55,000 bond.

According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Children and Family Services released the child to a family member.

Elizabeth J. Harless