Around 10:30pm on April 10, 2022, Central Police officers responded to the 10900 block of Sullivan Rd. for a single vehicle accident.
Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran said Leticia Brothers, 34, of Baton Rouge, ran off the road for unknown reasons and her white Dodge Durango flipped over multiple times.
Along with Brothers, Chief Corcoran said there were 11 children in the vehicle, all not restrained, ranging in age from 4-16. There was a child in the front passenger seat, three children in the next row, four children in the last row and three were in the hatchback. The chief added the rear window was broken so a plastic bag was it’s in place covering it.
In the wreck, one child was ejected out of the vehicle and airmed to a hospital for shoulder and side injuries. The mother and two children were transported by EMS. An aunt took the rest of the children to Children’s Hospital. All the children have since been treated and released from hospitals.
“A mile marker wooden post went through one of the windows on the vehicle. It’s truly a miracle that there were no serious injuries or any fatalities. Their guardian angels were sure watching over this family,” said Chief Corcoran.
Brothers was issued a summons for the below charges:
-11 counts cruelty to juveniles
-11 counts children not restrained
-Driving with a suspended DL
Two Baton Rouge Police Officers who happened to be in the area also stopped to help the children get out of the vehicle after the crash.
A search of records found Brothers was arrested in Sept. 2015 for child endangerment, cruelty to juveniles, criminal neglect of family and encouraging child delinquent/neglect.
It came after BRPD officers responded to her home on La Margie in Baton Rouge in 2015 in reference to a complaint of child abuse. Officials found a 9-yr-old on scene, Brothers’ daughter, with a contusion on the right side of her forehead. The child told police she had the injury because “she was getting ‘whooped’ and her mother put the knot on her head by pushing her head into something while also pulling her hair.”
While at the home, officials noticed that Brothers did not have much furniture in her home, very little food in her pantry and fridge and no beds. In fact, the responding officer learned that the family of 10 slept in the same room on the floor.
When questioned, Brothers told officers she was discipling her child. She did not have a reason why there was not much furniture or food in the home besides that she was “in the process of trying to get started collect child support through DCFS.”
DCFS, now known as Office of Child Services (OCS), did take Brothers’ kids after that incident in 2015 and put them in the state’s custody. It’s unclear how or when Brothers’ regained custody of her children. Unfiltered with Kiran has reached out to OCS for a response and the story will be updated with their comments.
Brothers served six months for that incident in 2015. However, Unfiltered with Kiran found Brothers has been arrested numerous times going back to 2010 for several different charges, including many that had to do with driving and children.
-2010: No driver’s license issued, no child restraint
-2013: Two counts of no child restraint, no driver’s license issued
-2015: (Aside from charges above) Domestic abuse battery, cruelty to juvenile, criminal neglect of family, contributing to child delinquency/depend/neglect
-2017: Two counts of theft, theft of goods $500-$1,500
-2018: Two counts of aggravated battery, domestic abuse battery, theft, fugitive, entry/remain after forbidden, theft under $1,000
-2021: No seat belt, no driver’s license issued