AMITE- It’s been almost two years since 3-year-old Faith Saucier was beaten to death. Her grave in Washington Parish wears the time that’s passed. Family members are beyond anxious to have someone held responsible.
Saucier’s great Aunt Angela said, “It's been very, very hard and we really want to see justice done," said Saucier’s great Aunt Angela, who didn’t want to be identified further for fear of retaliation, “This is a child that was needlessly taken from us."
Thursday, Faith’s case crept closer to trial as the man arrested for her murder, Mark Johnson, who was also Saucier’s foster father, had a hearing in a Tangipahoa Parish courtroom. Johnson has pleaded not guilty to the April 2011 murder and the case has been caught up in pre-trial motions, like the one Thursday, since, with no trial date in sight. Johnson’s attorney, Michael Thiel, said the state has a weal case, with only proof that Johnson was the last adult with Saucier before she died.
Saucier’s family members, still grieving after all this time, say they want answers, and soon, because it’s been far too long without them.
Angela said, "What could a 3-year-old child possibly have done to anger an adult to that point to actually take this child's life?"
Johnson’s next court date is in May, to continue Thursday’s hearing.