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Benton daycare worker arrested, accused of cruelty to juvenile

JP Bell, 19 (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office) JP Bell, 19 (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)

A Benton daycare worker is facing criminal charges after reportedly dragging a child across the playground by the leg.

Benton police confirm that officers were called to Miss Holli's Child Development Center in the 100 block of Burt Blvd. after 6 p.m. last Thursday, after someone in the parking lot of the facility reported seeing the incident.

That prompted an investigation that included a review of the daycare's surveillance video. Police say the video also showed another incident the day before, involving a child in which the same worker allegedly "snatched" a child by the arm. "I wouldn't say violently, it was very aggressive," said Benton Police Chief Charles Pilkinton.

19-year-old JP Bell of Haughton was arrested on Friday and charged with 2 counts of cruelty to a juvenile. "Our kids are special, no matter if they are in Benton, or anywhere else, kids are special and we do everything we can to protect these children," said Chief Pilkinton.

"It will not be tolerated, here in Benton, or in Bossier Parish for that matter, it will not be tolerated," Pilkinton continued. 

Chief Pilkinton says Bell didn't have a prior criminal record and has since been fired from her job at the daycare. If convicted, Bell could face up to $1,000.00 fine and up to 10 years in prison, per charge. 

KSLA News 12 reached out to Bell, to give her an opportunity to tell her side of the story, she hasn't returned our phone calls.


As spokesperson for the daycare has declined to comment.

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