A Gretna man has been booked with cruelty to a juvenile and filing a false police report after authorities say he accidentally dropped a 2-year-old girl into a pot of boiling water while drunk at a crawfish boil last weekend, then lied about getting robbed to cover it up.
John Evans, 30, of 605 26th St., was arrested by Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies Sunday and remains at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna in lieu of $105,000 bail, said Sgt. Larry Dyess, a sheriff's spokesman.
Witnesses said the girl, who is from Harvey, suffered second-degree burns during the party Saturday in 100 block of Fairfield Drive.
The child's uncle, Terrance Brown, said that the accident happened between 6:30 and 7 p.m. He said he had turned his back when he heard a scream and saw the girl lying on the ground. Initially he thought she was burned on her leg, but after taking her ins
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