Fri, Nov 30, 2012
According to The Advocate, a 3-year-old boy who was found dead Thursday appeared to have been severely beaten and was allegedly the victim of prolonged abuse, including being forced to eat his own feces, according to affidavits filed by investigators to support the arrest of the child’s mother and her boyfriend.
The boyfriend, Landon Broussard, 21, was booked late Thursday on one count of first-degree murder, and Laura Smith, 22, was booked on a count of principal to first-degree murder, according to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies received a 911 call at 10:22 a.m. Thursday reporting that a child was unresponsive at the home of Broussard’s grandmother in the 3700 block of Kaliste Saloom Road.
Broussard had arrived there a short time earlier carrying the naked and lifeless body of the young boy, according to the affidavit filed by investigators to secure a warrant for his arrest.
The grandmother called 911, but first responders were unable to revive the child, who was pronounced dead after being transported to Women’s and Children’s Hospital nearby, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The affidavit states that the 3-year-old had suffered blunt force trauma to several areas of his body, his eyes were swollen shut, one of his ears was torn and his body was covered in several bruises old and new.
Broussard told investigators that a door had fallen on the boy, according to the affidavit.
Investigators wrote in the affidavit that Broussard’s story was not “consistent with the injuries observed.”
Authorities have not alleged that the mother played an active role in the abuse, but she faces charges for allegedly not trying to stop it.
The mother told detectives that she had been abused by Broussard and that she had seen him abuse her son, including forcing him to eat feces, but was afraid to seek help, according to the affidavit.
“The suspect (Smith) had several opportunities while she was away from her boyfriend at school to seek aid for her child but did not,” investigators wrote in the affidavit. “The victim instead repeatedly left her son in her boyfriend’s care while she attended class.”
Broussard is being held in the Lafayette Parish Correction Center without bail.
Smith’s bail was set at $500,000 at a Friday morning court appearance.
An autopsy on the child is scheduled for Friday morning.
The Sheriff’s Office has not released the name of the child.