Dad charged with killing
Published: Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 11:41 p.m.
HOUMA — A Terrebonne man is charged with suffocating his 1-year-old son to
death, police said Saturday.
Cody John Paul Bourg, 23, 122 Garth Drive,
was arrested Friday and booked on a single count of second-degree murder in the death of his son, Julian Bourg. Cody Bourg
remained in the Terrebonne jail Saturday in lieu of a $500,000 bond. If convicted, he faces mandatory life in prison.
Couple charged with child abuse of infant
By Debbie Glover
St. Tammany News
Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 12:22 AM CDT
An 11-week investigation by the
Covington Police Department ended with the arrest of two individuals for child abuse in a case involving a 3-month-old infant.
Facing felony charges for cruelty are Justin D. Baham, 26, 2015 Pine Crest Ave. Apt. 1122, Covington and Victoria
Bateman, 21, same address. If convicted, the maximum sentence would be 10 years in prison.
The child, who is now
6-months old, was being treated at Children’s Hospital for broken bones. The hospital called OCS, saying they had a
“serious child abuse case,” according to a press release sent by Capt. Jack West, public information officer at
CPD. The Office of Child Services then called CPD because the alleged incident occurred in Covington. West said that “during the investigation, Covington investigators worked closely with doctors from Children’s
Hospital to make sure the injuries were not from a medical condition.”
April 6, 2010
SLIDELL, La. -- St. Tammany Deputies arrested a 20-year old Mississippi man for the murder of a 22-month old girl he was babysitting
at the time.
"It was not simply shaken baby syndrome that killed this child, but a violent attack,"
said St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain on Tuesday.
According to investigators, Rubie Boland's grandmother called 911
Thursday, April 1 to report the baby was unresponsive. The baby's mother had left Rubie with her boyfriend, Andrew Roberts
of Kiln, Misssissippi.
An ambulance brought Rubie to the hospital but ultimately, efforts to save the child were not
successful. She was declared dead Friday afternoon.
Initially, Roberts told authorities the baby fell off a couch and
hit her head, but St. Tammany Coroner Dr. Peter Galvan said Rubie suffered "major trauma that could not have been caused
by a fall."
"He was babysitting the child and in his own words was 'having a bad day,'" Sheriff
Strain explained. "The child used the bathroom on herself and he basically attacked her at that point, picking her up
by the feet and slamming her head against the floor repeatedly."
"That is the really brutal part, the savage
part of this death," Dr. Peter Galvan said. "The trauma that this child sustained to the brain structures. The gross
anatomical findings support what the Sheriff said, that the baby had trauma to the top of the skull."
night, deputies arrested Andrew Roberts and charged him with second-degree murder. Roberts is being held without bond inside
the St. Tammany Parish Jail. Sheriff Strain said Roberts eventually confessed to his actions.
inconceivable for anyone to believe that one is capable of killing a precious child, and this little girl was truly a precious
child," Strain said.
The primary cause of death, according to the St. Tammany Coroner's Office, is blunt force
trauma to the head. Dr. Galvan said it was caused by an explosive attack. "I don't think the physical evidence reflects
anything else," Galvan said, "other than this violent, brutal and savage attack."
family chose not to talk with reporters Tuesday. Her funeral is Thursday in Hickory, just north of Pearl River.
Strain and Galvan told reporters, this case should be a warning to all parents to look out for signs of child abuse.
bruises are the number one sign that you can rely upon," Galvan said. "If your child has a bruise, and you don't
know how that bruise got there, the burden is on someone to explain that."
"And many times just an observant
parent or guardian who's questioning the behavior of a child's sitter, could be enough to prevent it from occurring,"
Andrew Roberts was not the baby's father. According to detectives, he had been dating the baby's
mother for roughly three months. He has no prior record, and police do not believe anyone else was involved in the murder.
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles stepmother and father are
facing serious charges of child abuse. 27-year-old Jaime Day and her husband, 30-year-old Murray Day were arrested after a
concerned citizen led authorities knocking on the door of their south Lake Charles home. Inside the home at 2841 Southern
Ridge Drive, a Calcasieu deputy found a nine-year-old boy living like an animal. A dog leash found tied to two separate
door knobs to keep him locked in his room.
Weighing only 38 pounds, the boy was found laying on a filthy foam
pallet on a box spring, with a sheet saturated in blood and urine. The boy told investigators he wasn't allowed to eat
with the family, but instead forced to watch them - sometimes eating his own feces and urine to survive. He also
suffered hypothermia from malnutrition and second degree burns on his back from a sock that was heated up with rice.
The boy was dressed in a T-shirt and wearing a diaper with multiple bruises on his face and body.
very fortunate that we are not investigating a murder case in my opinion," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.
investigation reveals the majority of the alleged abuse was at the hands of the boy's stepmother Jaime
Day, she's now charged with 25 counts of cruelty to a juvenile. Her bond is set at 5.5-million dollars. Her
husband, Murray Day, turned himself in Tuesday evening and also faces five counts of cruelty to a juvenile.
His bond is set at two million dollars.
While Sheriff Mancuso says the evidence is overwhelming, family and neighbors
are still defending the couple.
"I don't believe it," said Laurie LaBauve.
let her grandchildren go play next door at the Day's. While she says you don't know what goes on behind closed doors,
she says nothing ever made her question the safety of the children.
"What I do know is that the times that
I've been over there and times that I have visited with her she's never raised her voice to her children and
her children were always with her. She was a sole provider and basically their care giver," said LaBauve.
now that care or lack of care - that has Jaime and Murray Day in the hot seat.
"If they would see the
condition of this young boy it would make them sick to their stomach and be ashamed that we live in a country that someone
would be treated like that. This is something you see in a third world country - and put your heart and soul to give money
to - to help feed this kids. It was that bad," explained Sheriff Mancuso.
Two other children - a four year
old boy the couple shared and a six year old boy of Jaime Day's child adopted by Murry Day - were also taken
from the home. They don't appear to have suffered any abuse. The investigation is ongoing with more arrests possible.
also say this isn't the first time the boy has been abused. The Office of Child Services took away the parental rights
of his mother and placed him in the home of his father six years ago. Meanwhile, officials say the child is now doing well
in a foster home and has gained 17 pounds.
Pointe Coupee Parish
Victim(s): Aaron Bowman, Jr.
Date of Death: Nov. 2009
Father had "temporary" custody
of son, 2-year-old daughter when son beaten to death. Father charged with 1st-degree murder.
One brave child abuse victim speaks out, and her father goes to prison
November 15, 2009, 6:15AM
Sexually assaulted at age 8 by her father in her Gretna home, Rachel Fletcher
did something rare and courageous: She told a concerned relative what happened. And when the case came to trial in a Jefferson
Parish court two years later, she bravely testified against her father.
Fifteen years later, her father, David
Boudreaux, is serving a life sentence in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for aggravated rape.
reached a verdict, and they found him guilty. No possibility of parole," Fletcher said. "He can't get out, and
I'm relieved he can't get out."
But the story did not end there.
Child abusers such as
Boudreaux, even when caught, leave a long-lasting and often devastating impact on their victims and others. Each case of abuse
sets in motion a potentially decades-long chain of costly events involving law enforcement officers, courts, prisons, social
service agencies, counselors, mental health specialists and nonprofit community groups. The crimes often cause collateral
psychological damage on relatives and sometimes even on the police investigators and case workers.
sexual abuse is one of the most severe forms of abuse toward children," said Brent Villemarette, deputy assistant secretary
for the state's Office of Community Services. "The severity and long-term effect on the children is just astronomical."
case fits the pattern of child molesters. National studies show that victims of child molestation tend to be females about
80 percent to 90 percent of the time. About half of the children are younger than 12, and the perpetrator is someone they
know, most often the father figure of the house.
What is unusual about Fletcher's case is that she spoke
up about the crime. The true number is unknown, but based on the occurrence of belated confessions or revelations, few children
report their sexual abuse, child advocacy groups say. They are prevented by a sense of shame, fear or inability to understand
or articulate the events. Some children are simply too young or mentally impaired to talk. Others might lack a parental figure
they can trust to tell.
From normal life to nightmareDavid Paul Boudreaux was arrested in 1992. He
was eventually convicted of child sexual abuse and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Seventeen years ago, Rachel was
living with David Boudreaux's mother while Boudreaux was spending five years in prison for sexual battery of Rachel's
mother, Cynthia Fletcher. According to court records, Cynthia Fletcher had treatments for mental illness and did not take
custody of her three children. She is now dead. Rachel Fletcher said she never really had a mom.
For a while,
the girl's life with her grandmother was happy and fairly normal. She, a cousin and a neighborhood friend spent a lot
of time together, played dress-up and called themselves "the three amigos."
"I won't lie to
you, those were my best years," Rachel Fletcher said.
when Boudreaux was released from prison he soon brought hell into the home, taking advantage of the 8-year-old girl. Fletcher
recalls he bolted the doors and took the phones off the wall. She didn't fully understand the acts committed against her
until she was years older, and her grandmother failed to figure out what was happening.
"She was not aware
of what he was doing at the time," Fletcher said. "She couldn't believe it, because ... a mother can't believe
their son could do such a crime like this."
Fletcher said her sister, 14 at the time, and brother, who was
5, knew what was happening. Maybe, in hindsight, one of them could have told a police officer who lived nearby, she said.
"I was threatened, and I was scared for my life," Fletcher said. "But we was kids, we didn't
know what to do. We knew if there was something of an emergency, we could call 911. But for molesting or something like that,
The rescue came from Boudreaux's younger sister, Ann Gauthreaux, who later in court proceedings
testified that Boudreaux had molested her when she was a child. Gauthreaux "noticed something fishy" and had heard
that Boudreaux had been bragging he would "break in" his two daughters, Fletcher said. At a youth softball practice,
Gauthreaux pulled her niece aside and got the horrid story.
Facing her father in court
Boudreaux was removed from the children and two years later stood trial. He denied molesting anyone. At 10 years old, facing
her father in the intimidating trappings of a courtroom under the intense focus of a jury, Rachel Fletcher testified.
The room was miserably hot because of a faulty air conditioner. Boudreaux, who had fired his defense attorney, was
allowed to cross-examine his daughter by asking her questions indirectly through a court attorney. A life sentence was at
stake, so prosecutors needed Fletcher to relate vivid details of the crime to prove the case.
seemed as if it would never end. The jury reached a verdict of guilty in only 26 minutes.
It was a victory for
justice, but the beginning of more hardships for Fletcher. She spent most of her youth being shifted among different caretakers
and schools, all the while trying to establish emotional stability.
"Every six months, it was like, I was
moved around: group home, foster home, group home, foster home," Fletcher said. "It gets tiring."
The courts and a host of agencies take part in assisting a child without a home. The state Department of Social Services
assigns personnel to stand by when arrests are made of a suspected child abuser or collector of pornography, just in case
a child is present who needs aide. The department's Office of Community Services assists in preserving evidence in a case,
seeking medical exams of the children and connecting the various points of legal and community support, including foster homes.
In addition, a court-appointed special advocate might be assigned to guide a child through the social service
and court systems.
With the right help, a victim can recover from the trauma. The younger the child, and the sooner
the rescue, the more likely there will be a recovery, experts say.
Abused children "learn to abandon the
thought of having a trusting relationship with anyone," Villemarette said. They have a sense that they did something
wrong and deserved what happened.
"You spend so much time telling them: You are the child, it's not your
fault," Villemarette said.
Repairing the damage
Private community groups are integral
to the process. The New Orleans Children's Advocacy Center helps coordinate investigations of child abuse, including the
delicate task of interviewing children, many done on video recording for use by prosecutors. The center has 19 forensic interviewers.
The Audrey Hepburn Care Center at Children's Hospital in New Orleans provides medical evaluations of abused
children and has several full-time staff members, including a pediatrician. The center conducted evaluations of 1,142 children
last year from around the region, of which 71 percent were sexual abuse cases. When police bring in collections of pornography
for evaluation, the center helps determine the age of the children in the images.
Family Service of Greater New
Orleans, a 113-year-old charity with offices in four parishes, provides psychological treatment for victims and family members
affected by child abuse. The group assists in finding a safe home environment and helps counsel families that are trying to
Professional counseling, which might be needed by the victim and members of a family affected by
a sex crime, costs about $85 per clinical hour, Family Service President Ron McClain said. Few clients have insurance to cover
those costs, and the group does not accept Medicaid dollars.
The organization's funding is down because of
the poor economy and it has cut back on employee work hours, McClain said. Still, support for child abuse cases remain free
and no one is turned away, he said.
The list goes on. For example, the Child Advocacy Center in Jefferson Parish
and Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana provide public education and other services.
Professional counselors are contracted
by State Police and the attorney general to assist investigators and technicians who come under stress from dealing with child
pornography images and sex offenders.
In short, the effort to repair the damage done by child sex offenders is
handled by an extensive network of federal, state and community organizations, mostly under the public radar due to the need
for privacy. The costs of each case can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars over time. And sometimes the system
At age 16, Fletcher at last found a stable home with her mother's cousin, whom Fletcher calls her godmother.
Her new life in St. Tammany Parish became more normal. She received a special education diploma from Fontainebleau High School.
She got a cat and became a devoted fan of Disney shows and computer games.
Now 26, Fletcher is able to deal with
her past by talking publicly about her story and offering encouragement to other victims, an unconventional and hopeful outcome
compared with many others in her situation.
"I take one day at a time," she said. "I know I had
a rough childhood, but I don't look at my childhood that much. I've accomplished so much."
still lacking is an apology from her father, who has claimed he is innocent and has tried unsuccessfully to get a new trial.
To her father and other like perpetrators, Rachel Fletcher has a message.
"You know you did wrong.
You only can get better if you talk about it and be honest, with the social workers or psychiatrist, whoever y'all see,"
she said. "Apologize. Don't deny. Be honest."
New Orleans, Louisiana -- A seventeen-year-old menace to society is behind bars without possibility of bond, thanks
to some surprisingly excellent New Orleans-area police work.
Arnold T. Ross, who has a history of disturbing, violent
crimes, is charged in the death of his girlfriend's eight-month-old son, Da-Von
Lonzo, according to early reports.
Ross was supposed to be babysitting
little Da-Von, but neighbors say they soon heard loud, brutal noises coming from
the next apartment. When police arrived on the scene, they found the lifeless body of the little boy - who was pronounced
dead at Ochsner Westbank Hospital a short time later.
Ross allegedly pulled that whole "he fell down the stairs"
nonsense, but the multiple fractures on the boy's body and signs of severe anal tearing overruled that alibi.
He later admitted to beating the infant repeatedly when the child would not stop crying - but insisted the child's anal
tears were a result of cleaning him up, investigators say.
The suspect had previously been arrested for: battering
a correctional officer, possessing marijuana and crack, multiple counts of battering a teacher, theft, assault, and possessing
He was arrested Saturday afternoon and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Facility
on charges of aggravated rape and first degree murder.
Thankfully, there are two piece of good news here: 1) Ross
can be charged as an adult, under Louisiana law, if you're into that kind of justice for teenagers and 2) He cannot leave
jail until his trial is finished because, thanks again to state law, first-degree murder charges negate any possibility of
The Weekly Vice
Child Killer Found Guilty
Posted: May 14, 2009 10:59 PM EDT
It took a criminal court jury just two hours to find a Lafourche Parish woman guilty of the unimaginable crime
of murdering her own two children.
Prosecutors say Amy Hebert killed her daughter and her autistic son in an act of
revenge to prevent her former husband and his new wife from ever taking custody of their children.
The 42 year old
former teacher's aide claimed she suffered a psychotic break, and intended to kill the children and then take her own
The jury didn't buy it. Hebert used 11 kitchen knives to stab her two children more than 130 times.
wounds on the children's arms indicate they attempted to defend themselves while they pleaded for their lives.
trial now enters the penalty phase where the jury will decide whether to sentence Hebert to life in prison or send her to
believe La. man killed wife, child, self
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Police say a Louisiana man apparently shot
and killed his wife and their 3-year-old son, then killed himself.
Shreveport police found
the bodies of 36-year-old Billy Hardy, his wife, Jolyne Hardy, and their son, Bryce Hardy, on Tuesday when neither adult showed
up for work. Officials say Jolyne Hardy worked full-time and Billy Hardy worked two jobs.
say each was shot in a different part of the house, but all three bodies were found in the child's room.
They have not ruled out a triple homicide. But the coroner said all evidence points to a double-murder and
suicide. He says the gun was fired three times, and each body had one bullet wound.
BELLE CHASSE, La. – Plaquemines Parish deputies arrested a
17-year-old father for cruelty to a juvenile, according to Sheriff Jiff Hingle.
Randy J. Smith, of
7653 Hwy. 23 in Belle Chasse, went to check on his child Friday night after the child began crying loudly. The child’s
16-year-old mother had just fed the baby.
Witnesses, according to Hingle, said that the child’s cries began getting
lower and lower, until there was total silence. Smith came out of the child’s room at that point and said there was
something wrong with the baby. The family then called 911. The baby was later transported to the Ochsner Westbank.
said that 3-month-old Aiden Smith is being treated for hemorrhaging of the brain and retinal hemorrhaging; the injury is commonly
associated with child abuse, and is known as “Shaken Baby Syndrome.”
The child’s condition is listed
as serious, but stable.
Smith was charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.
Danny Platt confessed
to killing his two and half year old son was arrested Saturday, His reason for the murder was because he was ordered to pay
child support according to Police Superintendent Warren Riley.
Danny Platt told police where to find the child's
body and was booked on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Ja' Shawn Powell, police said.
"The mother is in a safe place," Riley said.
Although he had visiting rights, Platt, 22, of New Orleans,
had never visited the boy until he picked him up Friday, Riley said.