KENNER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Michael J. Glaser
Chief of Police
500 Veterans Boulevard
FAX (504) 712-2209
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lt. Michael Cunningham
Kenner man arrested for multiple counts of Cruelty to the Infirmed
17, 2020, Kenner Police responded to a report of abuse to the infirmed.
Responding officer met with the mother of a 26-year-old victim,
who suffered from Cerebral Palsy and resided in Kenner.
mother who had a “Nanny cam” installed in her residence where her son
resided with her viewed the video from the dates February 16th
and 17th. She
observed a caretaker, whom she hired through Cerebral Palsy of Greater
New Orleans, Patrick Bowden, physically striking her son who is bed
initial investigating officer also viewed the video.
Based on his observations the officer located, arrested and
charged Patrick Bowden, 39, Kenner, with two counts of Simple Battery of
February 19, 2020, the mother of the victim provided police with
additional video going back as far January 2020, in which she observed
extensive physical abuse of her son by Bowden.
Jo Ann Gallagher was assigned the follow-up investigation.
Detective Gallagher viewed only two days of video, February 14th
and 15th, 2020, and noted ten separate incidents of physical
abuse that Bowden inflicted to the victim.
Incidents involved Bowden shoving the forehead of victim,
twisting victim’s arm, slapping victim in face hard enough to where it
could be heard by audible means, grabbing the victim by the neck and
jerking his body up to the top of the bed.
just on the two days of video that were viewed by Detective Gallagher,
she obtained an arrest warrant for Bowden for ten counts of Cruelty to
the Infirmed. Late last
night Bowden was arrested at his home in Kenner.
Bowden waived his rights and provided a statement admitting to
the abuse. He admitted to
abusing the victim since he began working there in September of 2019,
that he basically abused the victim every shift he worked since
starting, that he knew he was causing pain to the victim and that he was
trained in the proper manner in which to treat individuals who suffered
from Cerebral Palsy but that what he was doing was not how he was
was asked why he did what he did and at one point claimed he suffered
from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but denied ever being
diagnosed clinically, nor could he provide why he thought or how he
suffered with PTSD.
that Bowden admitted he abused the victim every day that he worked since
September 2019, it is expected that once all the video is reviewed there
will be additional charges.
is an ongoing investigation.
anyone has any information or witnessed this incident, they are asked to
contact the Kenner Police at
(504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.