A Thibodaux woman was arrested in the February death of her two-moth daughter that authorities say died from malnutrition.
Latisha Thomas, 34, 1323 Lasseigne Road, Thibodaux, was booked Thursday on second degree murder following an investigation into the death of her daughter, Angel Thomas, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said in a news release.
On Feb. 9, Thomas called 911 and reported that her two-month old daughter was not breathing, Webre said. Acadian Ambulance and patrol deputies were dispatched to Thomas’ residence and found the infant dead, he said.
The infant was taken to the Jefferson Parish Forensic Center for an autopsy, Webre said.
Last week, he said, detectives received the results of the autopsy, which reported that the infant died of severe malnutrition.
During questioning last week, “detectives learned Thomas had not provided adequate nutrition to her daughter prior to her death and that she did not seek any help in dealing with Angel Thomas’ malnourishment,” Webre said.
She is being held in the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. State District Judge John E. Leblanc set her bail at $500,000.
Thomas’ two other children have been taken into the custody of the state Department of Children and Family Services, he said.