A 12-year-old in St. Charles Parish has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a six-month-old, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The 12-year-old and six-month-old were siblings.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, they received a medical emergency call on the West Bank of the parish on Nov. 15 pertaining to a six-month-old not breathing. Life saving measures were performed, but were unsuccessful.
During an autopsy, the death of the infant was ruled a homicide.
After an in-depth and still ongoing investigation, sufficient evidence was obtained to request an arrest warrant for the 12-year-old sibling of the deceased infant, the Sheriff’s Office says.
On Nov. 16, the 12-year-old was transported to a juvenile housing facility pending further court proceedings.
“This is an horrific and tragic situation,” St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said. “The homicide did not involve the use of a dangerous weapon. Due to sensitivity of both the victim and suspect being juveniles, we are unable to comment any further. We have been in constant contact with the 29th Judicial District Attorney’s Office throughout the course of this investigation.”
Champagne said at this time his office is not planning to hold any press conferences or conduct any media interviews.