GOLDONNA INVESTIGATION UPDATE 2:45pm, November 2, 2020
At approximately 2:35pm, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies confirm that State DCFS case workers have removed the juvenile from the home in Goldonna according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
Detectives from the NPSO are in the process of executing a search warrant signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge at the home to search for any additional clues or evidence in the investigation.
We will inform of any new developments as they become available.
On Friday October 30, two Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Investigators requested a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputy accompany them while they investigated a hotline complaint in reference to a juvenile at a home in Goldonna, La. according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
Following the home visit, State DCFS advised the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office that, based on their investigation, there was no evidence of abuse and DCFS decided not to remove the child at that time.
Since that decision, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office opened a criminal investigation into the matter, working throughout the weekend to obtain additional video evidence, witness statements, suspect statements, and interviewing the minor child. As a result of the NPSO investigation, on November 1, 2020, NPSO CID obtained a warrant from the 10th Judicial Court for the arrest of Joe Hines for one felony count of cruelty to a juvenile. He is currently incarcerated at the NPDC with no bond.
This investigation is ongoing at this time. If anyone has pertinent information about this matter, contact the NPSO CID. NPSO will update the public with new information as the case evolves.
NOVEMBER 2, 2020; 10:24am
According to npsheriff.org, Goldonna Police Chief Joseph C. Hines was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center at 11:33 PM last night on Cruelty to a Juvenile. There is currently no bond amount listed on the website.
The charges allegedly stem from an investigation by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office into the abuse of a child residing in Hines’ home. The abuse was brought to authorities’ attention from a series of three videos posted on Facebook.
The case is still under investigation by the Department of Child and Family Services and the NPSO.
This story is still developing and will be updated when more information is released.