The Opelousas Police Department arrested Latricia Hunt and Dominique Jackson after a coroner’s report in the December death of the child ruled it a homicide.
According to the investigators on December 12, 2011 the mother, Hunt brought her son into the emergency room at Opelousas General Hospital unresponsive. According to hospital officials when the mother arrived with the child he was unresponsive and not breathing.
The mother stated that her son stopped breathing 2 blocks from the hospital. Hospital reports indicated the childs temperature upon arrival was below 94 degrees.
An autopsy was conducted and the preliminary results indicated the child had some evidence of fractures to his ribs and some abdominal damage.
According to the mother, the child was left with Jackson, her boyfriend, the night before, when she went to work. She stated that when she left for work, the child was playing, but when she returned Dominique told the mother the child was saying his stomach was hurting.
It wasn’t until the following morning that the mother brought the child into the emergency room unresponsive. Investigators also discovered that there were some prior indications of possible abuse to the infant.
Investigators received information while conducting this investigation that a few months prior to the infant’s death he sustained severe burns to his hands while in the care of Jackson; while the mother was at work.
According to Jackson. the 2 year old’s hand was near the stove while he was cooking stew and the pot boiled over on his hand. The burns were severe to the point that he was brought to the burn center in Baton Rouge for treatment.
That incident was never reported to law enforcement by the mother. The child wasn’t brought to the doctor until the following day.
On Thursday the Opelousas Police Department received the official ruling from the St. Landry Coroner’s office which indicated the child death was ruled a Homicide due to Blunt force Trauma which occurred within 24 hrs of his death.