On July 29, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a motel in Vinton regarding a battery on an elderly man.


The investigation revealed Justin M. Barber, 24, 1119 Highway 90, # 8, Vinton, struck an 80 year old family member in the face.

Further investigation by detectives also revealed Barber and his live-in girlfriend, Erica N. Marks, 23, smoked marijuana in the presence of their 13 month old son on numerous occasions.

Barber and Marks were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile. Barber has an additional charge of simple battery of the infirmed.

Judge Wilford Carter set Barber’s bond at $3,000; and Judge Clayton Davis set Marks’ bond at $1,500.

CPSO Detective Michael Primeaux is the lead investigator on this case.

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