Couple’s Children with CPS Following Fight

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A Minden couple has at least temporarily lost their three children to Child Protective Services following an alleged Methamphetamine-induced episode at their home.

Jason Goodwin, 44, of the 200 block of Pearl St., was arrested by Minden Police after being contacted by CPS. Goodwin is charged with domestic abuse battery with child endangerment.

“When my officers arrived, the children’s mother was being placed under an emergency protective order by Webster Parish Coroner for making suicidal/homicidal remarks under CPS workers,” Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said. “The officer observed severe bruising that almost completely covered the left side of her face. When he questioned the mother, she said her boyfriend – identified as Goodwin – had beat her last Saturday in front of their children.”

Cropper said the officer transported the female to the police station where she met with the coroner.

“When the officer interviewed her, she said she and Goodwin were under the influence of Methamphetamine, when she believed she could see someone being beaten at the back of her house on the Minden High School football field,” said the chief. “When she pleaded with Goodwin to go with her to check o this individual, Goodwin refused and said she was crazy. When she tried to leave on her own, Goodwin grabbed her by her arm with force and began striking her to the left side of her face with closed fists.”

The victim reportedly was continually beaten in front of the children until she complied with Goodwin’s commands.

A few days later, the police officer reportedly went to the couple’s home and arrested Goodwin on a warrant.

He was transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.


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