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Sulphur man pleads guilty to cruelty to juveniles

Last Modified: Monday, March 10, 2014 6:13 PM

By Johnathan Manning

A Sulphur man pleaded guilty Monday in state district court to cruelty to juveniles.

Jason Norman Nazworth, 37, faced two counts of cruelty to juveniles and two counts of second-degree cruelty to juveniles. He is to be sentenced May 7.

The abuse happened between September 2012 and April 2013, prosecutor Shunette Thomas-Jordan said.

Nazworth burned a 4-year-old girl’s hand by putting it on a heater; split her lip, requiring stitches; and bruised her hands and feet, Thomas-Jordan said. He threatened a 6-year-old girl with a knife and bruised her feet, Thomas-Jordan said.

Nazworth reportedly admitted hitting the girls with a wooden spoon.

Thomas-Jordan recommended a five-year suspended sentence with five years probation and asked that Nazworth undergo a psychological evaluation, anger management counseling and a parenting course.

Judge Robert Wyatt requested a pre-sentence investigation after hearing the girls’ father give a victim-impact statement.

“I think he needs to get some time in jail,” the father said.

He said his daughters are scared for their lives. They sleep with the light on, and one is too scared to sleep alone, he said.

The girls are in counseling, he said.

“These kids have serious problems over this,” the father said.

“I trusted this guy with my kids’ life.”

Defense attorney Jack Caskey said Nazworth already entered anger-management counseling and will never see the kids again. Nazworth, who has no criminal history, is regretful, Caskey said.

Wyatt told the victims’ family that while the sentence suggested by Thomas-Jordan was appropriate based on Nazworth’s lack of a criminal record, he had concerns based on the father’s statements.

“There are some issues brought up that I want answers to before I render a final decision,” the judge said.

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