Eric Heisig / Houma Courier
A mother of three is accused of starving her youngest child to death and has been jailed on a charge of second-degree murder.
Latisha Thomas, 34, 1323 Lasseigne Road, Thibodaux, was arrested Thursday in connection with the Feb. 9 death of 2-month-old Angel Thomas, police said.
The mother called paramedics that day to say the baby wasn't breathing, but the child was dead when they arrived, authorities said.
Angel Thomas' body was taken to the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office, where forensic pathologists performed an in-depth autopsy that took several weeks, police said.
Last week, investigators determined Angel Thomas died of severe malnutrition, and that her mother had neglected to properly feed her in the weeks following her birth, even when she knew the child was suffering, authorities said.
Latisha Thomas was arrested at her home Thursday without incident on a second-degree murder warrant. She is being held in the Lafourche Parish jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond. If convicted, she faces mandatory life in prison.
Latisha Thomas also has two sons, authorities said, who are now in the custody of the state Department of Children and Family Services.
Lafourche Coroner's Lead Investigator Mark Goldman declined to release specific details about the autopsy.
Sheriff's spokesman Brennan Matherne said in an email that Latisha Thomas was questioned shortly after her daughter's death but the autopsy was the reason for the months between the death and arrest. Matherne refused to say whether she confessed or whether investigators believe she abused her other children.
This is the third arrest on a murder charge in Lafourche Parish this year.
Efforts to reach Latisha and Angel Thomas' family this morning were unsuccessful.