Strange twist in murder case of Belle Rose grandmother
POSTED: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 8:42am
UPDATED: Monday, September 8, 2014 - 4:00am
BELLE ROSE, La (ASSUMPTION PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE) — BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) -- UPDATE:
Another twist today in the case of a grandmother found murdered in Assumption Parish. The Sheriff has arrested three family members - one is just 12 years old.
We're told the boy is a fifth grade student at Belle Rose Primary. Today, he is charged with first degree murder. The boy's father, Dean Hue Senior and his step mother, Raven Blanchard were also arrested last night for killing 84 year old Anna Mae Hidalgo this weekend. For Dean's mother, and the boy's grandmother, the arrests are a shock.
"My little grandson," Brenda Hue said while crying and shaking her head. "They took him away yesterday evening. He just told me he said 'maw maw I love you' and I said 'I love you too but we got a mess, you know.'"
Assumption Parish Sheriff's Deputies made the arrest Tuesday night, after Raven Blanchard confessed and implicated her ex-husband and step son.
The Hue's are related to the victim, Anna Mae Hidalgo. Dean Hue is her Great Nephew. He and his son knew her as Aunt Anna. The family lived just yards from Mrs. Hidalgo's home.
The boy's grandmother told NBC 33 News he had never been arrested before. But Sheriff Mike Waguespack says Dean Hue Senior is a convicted felon. He was just released on January 5th of this year, after serving time for a parole violation. Raven Blanchard also has an arrest history. She's been convicted of several misdemeanors including drug abuse and child abandonment. Now they are at the center of a capitol murder case, and could face the death penalty.
At Cajun Corner Cafe in Napoleonville, the Hidalgo murder and the Hues' arrest is all diners are talking about.
Dudley LeBlanc said, "I was astonished. 12 year old little boy, doing something that horrific is beyond comprehension."
But Mr. LeBlanc says there's peace here now, since an arrest was made quickly.
"If he did that, what else could he do? They might have another 84 year old somewhere that he's say well we got one why don't we get another one?"
Now Sheriff Waguespack wants the people here to not just remember the crime, but the woman who loved this place, and lost her life too soon."
Please read below for an earlier post related to this story
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) -- Sheriff Mike Waguespack reports that the Assumption Parish Detectives have made three arrests in connection with the murder of Anna Mae Hidalgo, an 84 year old woman of Belle Rose who was reported missing on Sunday, March 13, 2011.
Mrs. Hidalgo’s 2005 tan colored Chevrolet Impala bearing Louisiana Handicap License plate H229715 was discovered at approximately 5:00PM abandoned in a wooded area, a short distance from her residence. During a search of the residence deputies discovered obvious signs of a struggle. Mrs. Hidalgo’s last contact with family members was on Saturday evening. The Assumption Parish Sheriff, Lafourche Parish Sheriff, Ascension Parish Sheriff, Louisiana State Police Air Support and local volunteers assisted in the search and later located Mrs. Anna Mae Hidalgo’s body on Monday. Her body was spotted in a canal off Myles Road in Iberville Parish by a Louisiana State Police Helicopter Pilot who was involved in the search. Louisiana State Police Crime Lab Personnel recovered the body from the waterway and the body was released at the scene by the Iberville Parish Coroner to the Assumption Parish Coroner. Her body was later sent to the Orleans Parish Forensics Center where an autopsy was performed and it was determined that the cause of death is manual strangulation. As well, it was confirmed that there was also blunt force trauma to the head. During the course of the investigation which continued on Tuesday, Raven Blanchard, age 23, from 7507 Highway one, Belle Rose, came forward with information that implicated herself, a 12 year old juvenile from Belle Rose and Dean Hue Sr., age 30, from 7507 Highway One, Belle Rose in this homicide. Subsequently, both the 12 year old and Dean Hue Sr. also admitted their involvement in this homicide.
The 12 year male juvenile has been arrested charged with First Degree Murder. Dean Hue Sr. and Raven Blanchard have been arrested and charged with First Degree Murder and Felony Theft (Automobile). The juvenile is currently being held at the St. James Youth Detention Center. Dean Hue Sr. and Raven Blanchard are being held at the Assumption Parish Detention Center. As of the time of this release, no bonds have been set.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information concerning this matter can contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 985-526-1627.