Group home employee arrested after allegedly throwing juvenile to floor, holding her by neck

Published 3:43 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2024

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VIDALIA, La. — A Vidalia group home employee has recently been arrested for cruelty to a juvenile after she allegedly threw a juvenile resident to the floor and held her down by her neck.

According to a news release, the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated a complaint the Sunshine Therapeutic Group Home resident made on Sunday, June 23.

CPSO was initially dispatched to the group home to assist staff with residents who were in a physical altercation. At that time, one of the children alleged that she was assaulted by a staff member.

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The child was taken to a local hospital for examination and treatment of her injuries.

She was held in a safe location until the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services could take custody of the child and find a new placement for her.

Myra Williams, age 59, who lives in Vidalia, was arrested late Monday after CPSO deputies obtained warrants for her arrest on the charge of cruelty to a juvenile.

Sunshine Therapeutic Group Home, owned by Dr. Tina Bruce, is located on U.S. 84 between Vidalia and Ferriday and houses up to ten females between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.

Children living in the home are either in the custody of the Louisiana Dept. of Child and Family Services or the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice.

Anyone arrested is presumed innocent until proven guilty.