Autopsy shows infant died of malnutrition, mother arrested

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 9:41am

THIBODAUX, La (FOX44) — A mother of three is behind bars today after a forensic investigation revealed that her two-month old daughter died as a result of severe malnutrition.

In February 2012 the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office was called to the home of Latisha Thomas, 35, in Thibodaux. When they arrived they found her two-month old unresponsive and not breathing. The infant was declared dead and was transported to the Jefferson Parish Forensic Center for an autopsy.

Last week detectives were notified of the results, which revealed the infant died of severe malnutrition. Thomas was brought in for questioning.

Through the investigation detectives learned that Thomas had not provided adequate nutrition and did not seek help to do so when her daughter began showing signs of malnourishment.

Thomas was arrested on Thursday, April 19 for Second Degree Murder. She was booked at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Thomas’ two other children have been taken into the custody of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

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