January 31, 2023

Hancock County Man Arrested For Sexual Battery, Molestation After DNA Test Shows He Fathered Teen Victim’s Baby

Morgan Howard

Source: WLOX

According to WLOX,  a Hancock County man was arrested and charged with sexual battery and molestation.

A DNA test showed that Dan Charles Cochran Jr. is the father of an 18-month old child of his teenage victim.

WLOX reports that the investigation started earlier this month when deputies were called to speak with a 16-year-old girl who said she had been molested and raped over the last several years.

The victim gave birth to a child 18 months ago. Investigators got DNA samples and ran a paternity test, and were able to get proof that Cochran was the father of the child.

Mississippi Child Protective Services removed two additional juveniles from the home.

Further into the investigation, Hancock County Deputies learned that additional crimes were committed in other jurisdictions and investigators reached out to those agencies.

A warrant for 1st Degree Rape has since been issued by Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana.

Cochran is currently being housed at the Hancock County Adult Detention Center on a $200,000 bond and a hold for Vernon Parrish Sheriff’s Office.

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