The parents of a 22-month-old Washington Parish girl allegedly beaten to death by her foster mother are accusing state workers of repeatedly ignoring physical signs and reports of abuse.
Ray Travis Parrott and Mindy Parrott, whose daughter Madison Parrott died May 22, are suing the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, three DCFS employees and others, including Trenique Faciane, the foster mother, who was booked on a count of first-degree murder and is being held without bail.
The lawsuit, which seeks damages, was filed Thursday in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.
Faciane, 40, of Lacombe, is one of the owners of another defendant in the suit, Wee Wisdom Learning Center, a privately owned child care facility in Slidell. She is not involved in the center’s daily operations, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has said.
Madison Parrott was placed in temporary foster care in December with Fred and Trenique Faciane and was “repeatedly physically abused” by her foster mother, the suit alleges. Fred Faciane also is named as a defendant.
The girl’s DCFS case manager and that woman’s supervisors “repeatedly ignored physical signs and reports of abuse,” the suit claims.
Mindy Parrott had made statements about suspected abuse of her child to DCFS for at least a month before the girl’s death, an attorney representing the child’s biological mother said previously.
DCFS spokeswoman Grace Weber said Tuesday that the agency could not comment on the litigation. A message left at Wee Wisdom was not returned.
DCFS said previously that it was conducting an internal investigation into the death and had put some of its staff on paid administrative leave.
The toddler was hospitalized May 21 and died the following day. The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office ruled her death a homicide, finding she died from multiple blunt-force trauma with bleeding in the brain.
Trenique Faciane told detectives that she used a hairbrush to beat the girl. She then shook the child and dropped her in a bathtub, sheriff’s officials have said.
Authorities received a 911 call from Faciane’s home reporting that the girl was vomiting and unresponsive.
DCFS has said there are no other foster children living in the Faciane home.
The suit has been assigned to state District Judge Tim Kelley.