Press Release – On November 30th , 2014, Deputies responded to local hospital in reference to a complaint of child abuse that occurred in the Pineville area. The complainant reported to have discovered multiple unexplained injuries on or about the child’s body following a visit with a family member. The areas injured included the child’s torso, extremities, head, and facial area. Concerned for the child’s wellbeing, the complainant sought medical treatment for the child, who was released later the same evening. The complaint was turned over to RPSO Detectives and during their investigation, Kayla Clare Blanchard was developed as a suspect. Following an extensive investigation, Detectives were able to establish sufficient probable cause which supported the allegations that Blanchard intentionally caused some of the child’s injuries. Warrants were granted for Blanchard’s arrest in reference to one count Cruelty To Juveniles and one count Domestic Abuse Battery.
On January 15, 2015, detectives located Blanchard and she was taken into custody without incident. Kayla Clare Blanchard of 26 Alvin Drive Pineville, LA was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center in reference to one count Cruelty To Juveniles and one count Domestic Abuse Battery. Blanchard remains in jail awaiting a 330.3 bond hearing next week.
A 330.3 Hearing is commonly referred to as “Gwen’s Law”. It is a contradictory bail hearing, which, by Louisiana State Law, must be held prior to setting a bond for a person in custody who is charged with a felony offense against the defendant’s family or household member. Also, a Temporary Restraining Order has been granted protecting the juvenile, which prevents any contact with Blanchard.