Lake Charles woman accused of burning girl's hands, tying her to a bed for long periods

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LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — Calcasieu Parish sheriff's deputies say a 26-year-old woman has been accused of burning an 8-year-old's hands and tying her to a bed while the woman went to work and slept.

On Friday Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies say they arrested Kerrian Javana Clofer and charged her with 2nd-degree cruelty to a juvenile and false imprisonment.

After being called to a hospital Thursday, deputies say they found the 8-year-old girl with severe burns on her hands and marks all over her body. Deputies say the girl accused Clofer of holding her hands over the open flame of a gas stove after she ate a snack without permission.

The victim also told detectives Clofer handcuffed and tied her to the legs of a bed while Clofer slept and went to work.

Deputies say the 8-year-old girl told detectives she was not allowed to eat for days, and when she was allowed to eat Clofer fed her noodles with salt and pepper.

She also told detectives that Clofer would beat her with a belt and a metal clothes hanger.

Clofer was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. State Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $700,000.

The child was transported to a hospital in Baton Rouge and was placed in a pediatric intensive care unit.

State Judge Lilynn Cutrer has ordered that once released from the hospital the child will be placed in state's custody.

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