A mother and grandmother in Calcasieu Parish have been arrested for allegedly abusing their children. The two sisters were placed into the care of the Department of Children and Family Services after police received complaints they were eating from a trash can. An investigation reveals the girls were mentally and physically abused by the mother and grandmother, being beaten with several items, including belts, extension, cords, and sticks, often to the point of bleeding. One girl was threatened with hanging. The mother, 56-year-old Verna A. Kennerson, and the grandmother, 77-year-old Mary J. Kennerson, have been booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.