Responding to a report from the Department of Children and Family Services, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the alleged abuse of an infant by a twelve year old parish girl.
Sheriff’s Officer investigator Terry Harris, assisted by Capt. Tommie Sorrell, conducted the investigation which revealed that a twelve year old female attempted to murder the eight month old child of her sister.
The twelve year old female was living in a home with her sixteen year old sister and the infant daughter of the sixteen year old. According to testimony from the twelve year old, she was jealous of attention being given to the infant, so decided to kill the infant by administering liquid medication to the child while the mother of the child was bathing. Two different doses of the medication were given over a two day period.
Adults in the home became concerned because the infant was sleeping for an extended time. While being questioned as to why the baby might be in distress, the twelve year old confessed to her actions. The infant was carried to Riverside Medical Center and has recovered from the effects of the medication which had been given by the twelve year old.
The twelve year old was arrested for Attempted First Degree Murder of the child and is currently being held in the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center awaiting further disposition from the Juvenile Court.
“This is a tragic situation which really troubles me,” said Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. “I am so pleased the infant is okay and so concerned that a twelve year old child must now face the future having to deal with the issues she created for herself.”
[Names of all parties are withheld to protect the identities of the juveniles.]