Jul 15, 2010 10:43 AM by Sharlee Barriere
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Sulphur man and his wife will each
face a second-degree murder charge stemming from the death two
years ago of a 5-year-old child.
Calcasieu Parish grand jurors on Wednesday indicted William S.
Vincent, 30, and his wife, Barbara V. Vincent, 29.
Each was charged in June 2008 with second-degree cruelty to a
juvenile after the death of Savannah Vincent. The child had been
taken to a local hospital with blunt-force trauma to her head. She
died two days later at Lafayette General Medical Center.
William Vincent is reportedly the child's biological father, and
Barbara Vincent is her stepmother.
District Attorney John DeRosier said the investigative process
of the case is the reason for the two-year delay in indicting the
couple. Several out-of-town physicians were consulted, because
these types of cases can get complicated, DeRosier said.
"This case involved evidence from several physicians. The grand
jury obviously reached a conclusion that this child did not die an
accidental death, and that is the reason for the indictment," he
DeRosier said a second-degree murder can result when a child
dies of injuries suffered through abuse even though there was no
intent to kill.
DeRosier denied that the efforts of the child's mother and
grandparents played a major part in obtaining the indictment.
"This case was never on the back burner," he said.
The Vincents posted bonds of $40,000 each after their original
arrest. Judge Kent Savoie set the bonds on the new charges at