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Dusty Wes Edwards

Police are looking for a beating suspect named Dusty Wes Edwards?

Published Feb 4, 2013

Claim:   Police are looking for a beating suspect named Dusty Wes Edwards.


Example:   [Collected via Facebook, February 2013]

My 4 year old niece was attacked by my sisters EX-boyfriend. He beat her with a belt from her head to her legs. She went to the police this morning and filed charges against him His pussy ass fled the state and went to Arkansas. His name is DUSTY WES EDWARDS. He is 32 years old brown hair, green eyes, has scars from being burned from his face to his waist. He is in a Nissan Titan champagne color, with Arkansas tags. The police are looking for him and so am I. Please pray for my family!


Origins:   This message, along with a picture of an injured child, were posted to a Facebook page in early February 2013, who claimed the victim was her niece, and that girl had been severely beaten by her sister's former boyfriend. That Facebook post provided the name of, and other details about, the alleged attacker (Dusty Wes Edwards) and stated that the Walker, Louisiana, police department was working on the case.

On 6 February 2013 the Walker Police Department updated its Facebook page with news of Edwards' arrest:

Friends: On Monday of this week, following our investigation of child cruelty allegations, we obtained a warrant for the arrest of Dusty Wes Edwards (32) of Ferriday, Louisiana. At our request, Edwards was arrested this morning by the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office. Edwards will remain in jail until tomorrow, at which time Walker Police officers will take him into custody and return him to Livingston Parish, where he will be booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on charges of Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile. Thank you all for your comments and concerns over the last several days regarding this matter.

Last updated:   6 February 2013

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