• Mom's boyfriend guilty in toddler beating


    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. - A man accused of beating his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son was found guilty of child cruelty Wednesday.

    Chad Pierre-Louis was acquitted of aggravated assault, battery and first-degree child cruelty charges but convicted of second-degree child cruelty. His girlfriend, Suzie Elie, already admitted to beating the toddler but said Pierre-Louis wasn’t involved. She received a 20-year prison sentence.

    In November, Elie took the boy to a wooded area on Ashton Court and began to hit, kick and beat him with a tree limb. Pierre-Luis said he was there but didn’t participate in the beating.

    Witness Lauren Moonsars testified that she walked by while the child was being beaten and saw Pierre-Louis participating in the attack.

    "I'm not sure I saw him push him but I saw him kick him," Moonsars testified.

    But two other witnesses said they didn't see Pierre-Louis hit the child.

    Douglas County Assistant District Attorney Rachel Ackley called it a brutal attack.

    "He had lacerations from his head to his toes," Ackley said in court.

    Elie told police she beat the boy because he was disrespectful.

    "A 3-year-old little boy woke up and he cried. And for that he received one of the worst beatings I've ever seen," Ackley said.

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