Food Deprivation Allegedly Used as Punishment: Louisiana Authorities Arrest Couple for Child Abuse

By Evelina Rivers
Published November 14, 2023

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Vinton, Louisiana – In June 2023, detectives from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about a juvenile who was difficult to control. As the investigation progressed, it was revealed that the child may have been subjected to abuse and neglect.

Further inquiry uncovered that the child’s family members, Randy P. Hebert, 41, and Amie J. Laughlin, 39, both of Vinton, Louisiana were allegedly physically abusing her and using food deprivation as a form of punishment. It was also discovered that when the victim was given food, it was of lower quality compared to what the rest of the family consumed.

Upon questioning Hebert and Laughlin, Hebert admitted to the abuse.

Consequently, they were arrested and charged with cruelty to juveniles and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center with a bond set at $175,000 by Judge Tony Fazzio.

Detective Kara Adams from CPSO Special Victims Unit is leading this investigation.

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.