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If the allegations against 35-year-old Roseland, Louisiana resident James Ballard Jr. are true, this might be one of the most horrible instances of domestic abuse ever recorded in our state's history.

David Lentz

According to the report from BR Proud, deputies with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) are combing the area for Ballard after a brutal attack on his girlfriend left her with multiple injuries including what investigators say are devastating chemical burns to her face.

On June 22nd, deputies reportedly responded to a domestic disturbance call in Roseland.  According to the statement from the TPSO, officers found an unnamed woman with several injuries who claimed that she was hurt by her boyfriend (who she identified as Ballard).

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Reportedly, the woman told police that Ballard had "poured acid and Clorox toilet bleach on her face" causing chemical burns.  In addition to the possibly disfiguring facial damage, officers reported that the woman was covered in bruises, had a punctured lung, and a ruptured ear drum - all a result of the brutal attack.

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Now, law enforcement is on the hunt for James Ballard Jr., who is being charged with the following crimes:

  • 1 count of Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery
  • 1 count of Domestic abuse battery – child endangerment
  • 1 count of Protective order violation
  • 1 count of false imprisonment
  • 9 counts of failure to appear
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Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating this suspect who may be travelling to avoid being arrested.  If you see him, or know where he might be - contact the Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc. tip line at 1-800-554-5245, or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips link to leave your information anonymously.

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