Wednesday, April 24 Harrison County Sheriff’s Department arrested 56-year old Charlene Hilliard on two felony counts of child abuse. The arrest occurred after investigators determined that Hilliard, the child’s foster parent, physically abused the child on several occasions with reports from DeLisle Elementary School.
According to Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson, school officials reported that the six-year old female student of the school exhibited signs of physical abuse, which led to the complaint filed with Sheriff’s Office. A search of Hilliard’s home on Lobouy Road in Pass Christian along with a forensic interview of the child resulted in the arrest warrant being issued.
Charlene Hilliard was booked into the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility and charged with two felony counts of child abuse (bodily harm). Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner set a $150,000 dollar bond that Hilliard is being held in lieu of.