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Louisiana mother charged with murder after leaving 2-year-old in hot car, police say

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Aug. 22 2021, Published 8:28 a.m. ET

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A Lousiana mother faces murder charges after her 2-year-old son reportedly died of heatstroke in a hot car.

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Natalie Broussard, 27, was arrested last week after her 2-year-old son, Ryatt Hensley, who was found dead inside a parked vehicle in a residential area on Sept. 27, 2020, according to the Acadiana Advocate.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the death in the 6900 block of Cameron Street in Duson and arrested Broussard on one count of negligent homicide, according to the Lafayette Daily Advertiser.

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The Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office said the child died from heatstroke after being left in a hot car. It is not known how long the boy might have been in the vehicle prior to being found.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office asked for the public's assistance in finding Broussard on Aug. 16, 2021. Broussard was arrested on Aug. 18. Officials did not say where she was arrested.


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