On August 2, 2020, at 2:30 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of East Beech in reference to a disturbance, according to Ville Platte Police Chief Neil Lartigue. When the Officer arrived at the residence he learned that the disturbance was over a cell phone. The officer also observed two juveniles at the residence who were allegedly unclean and complained of bug bites, cuts and abrasions. The juveniles were transported to the Ville Platte Police Department for further investigation. A woman was detained.
The officer observed feces and urine inside the residence on flooring, bedding and furniture, Chief Lartigue stated. The officer reported that there was no food inside the residence nor any means of cooking food. The male suspect was also located at the residence and was also detained.
After further investigation, both adults in the household were arrested and Child Protective Services was contacted.
Arrested was Amanda Whitman, 33, of Ville Platte. Whitman was arrested on two charges of felony cruelty to juveniles and booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on a $35,000 bond.
Mathew Tyler Squires, 31, of Ville Platte was arrested on charges of two counts of felony cruelty to juveniles and one count of molestation of a juvenile. Squires was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and transferred to the Evangeline Parish Jail on a $70,000 bond.
Chief Lartigue stated that more charges are possible as the investigation continues. Anyone with information on this or any other illegal activity is asked to report this information to the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous, stated Lartigue.
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