Arrest made in Union Parish child abuse case

A man was arrested last week on a warrant charging him with hitting his child over math homework.

In October 2022, the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office learned of an incident in the Marion area where a father allegedly struck his child for struggling with math homework. 

The child’s mother filed a complaint with UPSO alleging the child’s father, Marcus Jearrell Ford, 38, abused the nine-year-old while in his custody in Union Parish. Deputies learned the victim was struggling math homework when Ford became frustrated and picked up a book and struck the child in the face, leaving a scratch. Ford then allegedly struck the child in the chest with a closed fist before sending the child outside. 

UPSO said the incident was witnessed by a sibling who confirmed to deputies the father struck the child multiples times. 

Deputies were unable to immediately locate Ford, and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. 

Ford was apprehended Wednesday morning by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and arrested as a fugitive from Union Parish. He was then transferred to Union Parish where he was booked on a felony charge of cruelty to a juvenile.

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