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Nov 17, 2011 12:46 PM by AP

Mom Accused of Making Baseless Abuse Accusations

HOUMA, La. (AP) - The owner of a Terrebonne Parish day care center has been indicted on a charge of cruelty to a juvenile after allegedly making false accusations about her own child's father.

The 39-year-old Rhonda Soomro was indicted Tuesday. A document prepared by state District Judge David Arceneaux says the accusations of sexual abuse that Soomro made against the father were found to be false. It says she took her son to doctors and psychologists in attempts to corroborate the allegations. And it says here actions put the child's emotional health at risk.

Soomro was released on a $25,000 bond. The Courier said it was unable to contact her or her attorney, Michael Zerlin. Zerlin did not immediately return a call Thursday morning from The Associated Press.

Soomro and her ex-boyfriend have been fighting for custody of their 7-year-old son since 2006.

"The court believes the evidence overwhelmingly proves that more-sinister motives have prompted Ms. Soomro to intentionally place her young and impressionable child's mental and emotional health at risk of permanent damage," the document says. "Her hatred for the child's father ... has motivated her to engage in a deliberate course of conduct designed to permanently deprive Dr. Haydel of any participation in her son's life."

If convicted, Soomro faces up to 10 years in prison.

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