Madison Parrott, who would have turned 2 in July, died from multiple blunt-force trauma with intracranial bleeding, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office concluded after an autopsy, ruling the death a homicide.
Trenique Faciane, the girl’s foster mother, is in the St. Tammany Parish jail, accused of causing the injuries that killed her. Bail has not been set for the 40-year-old woman, who is part-owner of a Slidell daycare center.
Bill Arata, who is representing the child’s biological mother, Mindy Parrott, said his client had made statements about suspected abuse of her child to the state Department of Children and Family Services for at least a month before the toddler’s death Friday.
The state agency sent out a news release last week saying it had begun an internal investigation of the death and had put some of its staff on paid administrative leave in the meantime.
The agency said there are no other foster children in the home where the toddler was living.
Mindy Parrott’s children were removed from her care in December, Arata said. But she had been hopeful that she would get Madison back in the next few months, he said, as soon as she had completed all the steps in her case plan.
Madison’s obituary said she is survived by her parents, Travis and Mindy Parrott, two sisters and a brother, among others.
The initial news release from the Sheriff’s Office said the girl was 2 years and 10 months old, but she was actually two months shy of her second birthday.
Arata said the family did not wish to speak to the media on Monday ahead of visitation for the child, which was to begin at 5 p.m. at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home in Bogalusa. The funeral will be held there at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Madison’s injuries came to light Thursday evening, when she was taken to the Lacombe Heart Hospital following a call to 911 that described the child as vomiting and unresponsive. The hospital called the Sheriff’s Office because her injuries aroused emergency room personnel’s suspicions.
Detectives interviewed Faciane, who admitted to beating the child with a hair brush, shaking her and throwing her in a bathtub, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Faciane was initially booked on second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, but the Sheriff’s Office said that would be upgraded to first-degree murder following the child’s death at a south shore hospital.
Faciane is a part owner of Wee Wisdom Learning Center on Gause Boulevard in Slidell, but the Sheriff’s Office said she was not involved in day-to-day operations there.
The Secretary of State’s Office’s website lists the owner of the facility as Six Little Jays Inc. Faciane is listed as the president and treasurer.
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