Woman Claims she was Wrongfully Evicted

POSTED: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 12:44pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

A Baton Rouge mother believes she and her children were wrongfully evicted from their home.
Lelia Harris, a mother of six, says after leaving her physically abusive husband she was unable to pay $650 for rent. Harris says her family was thrown out on to the streets.
"It was just a month behind I couldn't afford it because I was a housewife and my husband paid all the bills" says Harris.
Harris admits she won’t be able to pay the rent until she gets a job, but still believes she was evicted illegally. She claims the eviction notice was signed by the wrong Justice of the Peace.
Justice of the Peace Stephen Sanders from Ward 3 District 2 signed the eviction notice. Harris claims she lives in Ward 3 District 1.
But Justice of the Peace Melva Cavanaugh from Ward 3 District 3 says no matter which Justice of the Peace signed the notice, Harris did not appear in court after she was served.
Cavanaugh says Harris accepted the jurisdiction by default.