WASHINGTON PARISH, La. – A mother has been charged with the murder of her 15-month-old son, according to Sheriff Randy Seal.
Heather Bennett, 28, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of her son, Joshua David Bennett, said a statement from Seal.
On Sept. 1, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by officials from Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. The sheriff’s office was notified after injuries to Joshua “did not match the explanation provided by the family,” said Seal. The child was pronounced dead later that day.
“Medical experts specializing in many areas of pediatric care at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans were consulted and their position is this case is non-accidental and that the primary cause of death was severe trauma caused by an acceleration/deceleration injury to the brain,” said Seal.
After several weeks of investigation, Bennett was arrested Wednesday morning and placed in the parish jail, according to Seal.