Police being cautious regarding arrests for homicide of 3-month-old

Police being cautious regarding arrests for homicide of 3-month-old
Photo of Jayla Broussard provided by a family member.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 2:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 6:52pm

An investigation continues surrounding a 3-month-old child who died while receiving treatment in a Baton Rouge hospital. Although the case has been ruled a homicide, investigators say they are being cautious in regards to making arrests.

“We want to make sure there are no mistakes,” Lt. David Hardy, Abbeville Police Department, said. “We had a similar case a couple years ago where we were unable to get a *true bill, so we want to make sure there’s a proper investigation so we can get justice for baby Jayla [Broussard].”

The investigation began on November 25, 2012 when the 3-month-old was found unresponsive. Investigators tell NBC33 News that the child’s mother and fiancé told officers that the baby had fallen off the bed.

Jayla was rushed to Abbeville General for treatment, was transferred to a hospital in Lafayette, then was transferred again to Our Lady of the Lake here in Baton Rouge. After three days of fighting for her life, Jayla died as a result of her injuries.

An autopsy was performed on Nov. 29 and revealed that Jayla died due to blunt force trauma. She had a fractured skull, wrist and ribs.

“The preliminary results of the autopsy show that this is a homicide,” Lt. Hardy added. “We are currently investigating the mother and her fiancé, as well as interviewing family members. We’re hoping to make an arrest, but nothing is imminent.”

Lt. Hardy tells us that child abuse cases are occasional for their department. However, he says it is very rare to see one of this magnitude.

A family member tells NBC33 News that they are currently working on funeral arrangements for baby Jayla. However, a date has not yet been set at this time.

*A true bill is the written decision of a Grand Jury (signed by the Grand Jury foreperson) that it has heard sufficient evidence from the prosecution to believe that an accused person probably committed a crime and should be indicted. Thus, the indictment is sent to the court.

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