WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A two-year-old boy is brain dead and fighting for his life and court records show his mom could be to blame. His mother Lindsey McBride and her friend, John Harper, are both charged with cruelty to a juvenile.
West Monroe mother accused of severe child abuse.
Carla Pilgreen is a neighbor who said she has "heard the kids screaming in the trailer before but didn't think a whole lot of it because, you know, kids will be kids."
Records show the boy's mother said he fell down some steps at the home and pulled hot water onto himself.
"Next time I hear something like that I am definitely going to knock on a door and make sure the kids are okay," Pilgreen said.
Adam McDonald with the Northeast Louisiana Children's Advocacy Center said they need people to start taking action.
"There's pain all around us, but there is a way to help prevent and get involved," McDonald said. "Children at school, maybe they are arriving very early and leaving very late because they want to be away from home as much as possible."
He said other signs of abuse are children having nightmares, being overly aggressive, or overly shy. McDonald said community members can report abuse tips anonymously.
Harper and McBride are charged with second-degree cruelty to juveniles. More charges are pending.