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Breaux Bridge man wanted in infant death arrested

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Posted at 10:27 AM, May 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-10 13:58:12-04

BROUSSARD, La. — St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith has announced that Ervin Melancon has been arrested and booked with second-degree murder.

Broussard Police Department made contact with Ervin on Sunday, May 9, and took him into custody.

Melancon, was subsequently transferred to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking.

Bail has been set at $2,000,000.

On Sunday, we reported that St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputies were searching for a Breaux Bridge man who is wanted in connection with the death of an infant.

Ervin Melancon, 53, of Breaux Bridge, was wanted on a warrant for second-degree murder, deputies say.

Deputies found a dead infant inside a car Saturday afternoon. They were called to a location near the Intracoastal Bridge on La. 317, and when they arrived they found the baby dead inside the vehicle.

Investigators developed Melancon as a suspect, and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

The cause of the infant’s death has not been determined at this time, deputies say.

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