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Nov 5, 2009 6:41 PM by Jon Carrere

Disagreement on How Scalded Student was Handled

Park Vista Elementary officials say they don't agree with how the Department of Social Services handled an alleged case of child abuse.
Wednesday, a four year old student showed up at school with severe burns to his feet,allegedly at the hands of his father.

Both the school and D.S.S. are defending their actions.

When the four year old student showed up at Park Vista with 1st and 2nd degree burns, school officials say they were alarmed.
"If you are going to have that type of an injury, I was more interested in getting medical attention," says Park Vista Principal Joseph Joubert.

Principal Joubert says he called D.S.S. at 7:30, and he was told, to give the child back to the father's girlfriend.

The principal refused, and instead called police.

The principal also says this is not the first time he was dissappointed with what he calls the department's lack of attention.

Trey Williams with D.S.S. says they, "we went back and reviewed our records and every time the school has called dss to report an issue we have responded to those reports."

Williams says Louisiana is a re-unification state meaning they always want to reconnect the child with the parent if at all possible.

jcarrere@katctv.com

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