A Slidell-area couple has been arrested after their 3-month-old son died after he was found unresponsive with a broken arm in their home, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release Wednesday morning.
Kevin Scott, 28, was arrested and booked into St. Tammany Parish jail on a count of second degree cruelty to juveniles. Samantha Hotard, 27, was booked on a count of cruelty to juveniles. Scott is being held on a $100,000 bond and Hotard on $50,000.
Scott has a criminal record in St. Tammany Parish that includes several drug possession convictions.
The Sheriff's Office said an investigation began April 8 after the child was found unresponsive in the trailer home on Venus Road near Slidell where the family lives.
A call was made to 911, and the child was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Scott Lee said.
The baby also had what the news release described as a "non-accidental" arm fracture, according to the news release.
An autopsy was performed, but the death remains unclassified, according to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office, pending further tests which will take another six weeks.
Ashley Garcia, who lives near the Venus Street home where the family lives, said she heard commotion at about 2:30 p.m. Monday.
“They had a lot of police and everything come flying back here — ambulance, fire truck. I heard all the sirens...They had three coroner's vans coming to the house back here,” she said Wednesday.
Garcia, a mother of four, said she was heartbroken after she read the news.
“This is absolutely crazy,” she said. “I was crying when I read this.”
WWL-TV's Danny Monteverde contributed to this report.