A Jefferson Parish grand jury has indicted Twyena Thomas for second-degree murder stemming from the death of her 2-year-old son, who was found lifeless in the family’s Kenner apartment in September.

Investigators found evidence Chase Thomas had been beaten and was malnourished, and said Thomas admitted to hitting him, tying him up for punishment.

Police went to Thomas’ apartment in the 1000 block of 31st Street on Sept. 30 after they received a call that the toddler was having difficulty breathing. They arrived to find him dead, and arrested Thomas, 27, on a count of cruelty to a juvenile.

The boy was malnourished and has bruises on his body and scratches that suggested he had been bound.

She was booked again two days later following an autopsy, which found


Chase died from malnourishment and blunt force trauma to the head, torso and extremities.

Thomas, who is being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center, faces mandatory life imprisonment if she is convicted as charged. Her case will be heard by Judge Danyelle Taylor in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna.

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