Posted: Feb 2, 2011 2:13 PM by Kate Durio
Updated: Feb 2, 2011 5:07 PM
The 4-year-old girl who died in New Iberia last week was severely burned from her knees to her feet and had been whipped with a hammer, according to an affidavit released Tuesday.
The affidavit released Tuesday gives a gruesome account of the condition of the 4 year-old found unresponsive by her mother on the morning of January 27th.
The affidavit states that when paramedics arrived, they discovered the girl laying on the floor "stiff and was cold to the touch". Detectives say in the affidavit that rigor mortis had already began to set and that she was "from the waist down with her skin fluffing off".
Hudson's mother, 23-year-old Vanessa Edmond, and Edmond's live-in boyfriend, Jamal Charles, 25, were arrested and booked on child cruelty charges related to the girl's death.
The affidavit also states that detectives found a second child, a 3-year-old boy, with burn injuries to his left foot and buttocks.
The 3 year-old child was transported to a hospital in Baton Rouge for treatment. According to the affidavit, a medical official later determined that the injuries were recent and caused by hot water.
The coroner has not yet released a cause of death in the case.
An older sibling, a 5-year-old girl, was not injured in the case but filled in many of the haunting details to detectives. In the affidavit, the girl tells detectives that Charles whipped her 4 year-old sister with a hammer because she had soiled herself.
The 5 year-old also told detectives that Charles then "put her sister and brother in a hot tub," the affidavit states.
The Acadiana Crime Lab, checking the temperature of the water from the bathtub with a certified thermometer, determined that the water was 180 degrees, according to the affidavit.
In the affidavit, Charles denies any wrongdoing in interviews with detectives and said that the children stayed in their room watching television and then he fell asleep.
According to the affidavit, Edmond, the children's biological mother left for work at 9:45 pm and Charles had driven her to work, leaving all three of the children alone in the home.
Edmond also told detectives that Charles was supposed to stop for cigarettes and then head straight home.
Charles told detectives that instead of going home he went to a bar and remained away from home until 5am the morning of January 27th, the affidavit states.
According to the affidavit, when he returned home he called Edmond at work and told her that everything was OK and that the children were still sleeping.
Charles left the home again about 6 a.m. to pick up Edmond from work and they both returned home, the affidavit states.
Edmond told detectives that when she woke up from sleeping through the morning, she found her 4 year-old daughter not breathing, according to the affidavit.
Both Edmond and Charles were booked into the Iberia Parish Jail on three counts of second-degree cruelty to juveniles.
Both remained incarcerated as of Tuesday.
Lt. Ryan Turner with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office says that they are working closely with the District Attorney and Coroner's office in the investigation.