Around 9 a.m. on Aug. 1, police responded to a home in Reserve about an infant not breathing, according to St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office.
First responders located the infant girl unresponsive in a bed. No vital signs were detected and the baby was pronounced deceased at the scene, officials said.
An investigation began and detectives located evidence showing the home was in deplorable condition and determined the couple’s 13-month-old son showed signs of neglect and abuse, according to officials.
The children’s parents, 24-year-old Angel Taylor and 31-year-old Chevy Lafountain, were interviewed. Detectives claimed their statements were inconsistent with the infant’s physical state and said both appeared unremorseful for the alleged actions that led to their living conditions as well as the death of their daughter and their son’s current physical condition.
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Taylor and Lafountain were arrested and charged with second-degree murder for the death of their daughter. They were also charged with child desertion and cruelty to juveniles with force/violence for the crimes they committed upon their 13-month-old son, officials said.
They were being held on bonds of $600,000 each.
The 13-month-old child is now in the state's custody.
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