Apr 10, 2013 1:27 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Abbeville infant's death heads to grand jury

Autopsy results are back for a three-month old Abbeville baby girl who died in December after suffering severe injuries. The only information police would reveal about the autopsy is that Jayla Broussard died from blunt force trauma to the head, which the coroner had already ruled in December. Detective Stan Suire says no arrests have been made, and a Vermilion Parish Grand Jury will decide whether the case will move forward.

When Abbeville Police began their investigation in December, inconsistencies in statements from the baby's mother and her fiancee made investigators suspicious, Lt. David Hardy said in December. At that time, the Vermilion Parish coroner ruled Broussard's death a homicide and said the infant's wrist had been broken, her ribs and skull fractured and she died from blunt force trauma.

When the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office presents its case to the grand jury, it'll present forensic reports and all evidence investigators have gathered during their investigation.

The grand jury will decide, "One, if a criminal act has occurred. Two, what that criminal act is, and three, who is the proper person to be charged," Assistant District Attorney Laurie Hulin said. Hulin will likely handle the case. If the grand jury decides to indict a suspect or suspects, arrest warrants will be issued. No date has been set yet for the grand jury.



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