Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s detectives arrested the grandmother of a child abused in the Goldonna community at approximately 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Teresa Jurgens, 51, of Goldonna was arrested on a criminal warrant signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge for Felony- Principle to Cruelty to Juveniles in connection with her involvement in a child abuse investigation involving her grandchild.
The investigation began Friday, Oct. 30 resulting in the child being removed from the home by State DCFS caseworkers Monday, Nov. 2.
Joe Hines, Jurgens’ boyfriend, and the child’s mother, Casey Smedley, 28, both of Goldonna remain incarcerated in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Cruelty to Juveniles.
No bond has been set.
On Monday, Sheriff Stuart Wright stated NPSO detectives were committed to conducting an impartial investigation not based on hearsay or rumors, only following the facts and evidence in the case to be presented to the district attorney’s office.
Due to the sensitivity of this investigation, no further information will be released at this time according to Chief Deputy Greg Dunn.
Anyone with information pertaining to this case should contact Maj. Reginald Turner or Detective Derrick Sowell at 318-357-7830.
The Gingerbread House Children’s Advocacy Center in Shreveport, Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office and Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services are assisting in the investigation.