Latisha Thomas, a mother of
three, who was 34 years at the time, called 911 and said that her two
month old baby was not breathing. When Paramedics arrived they found
that Angel Thomas had already passed. Angel was taken to the Jefferson
Parish Coroner's office so and autopsy could be done.
The autopsy took several weeks to complete and when it was done,
Latisha was arrested and charged with second degree murder. Police
arrested Latisha at her home and her two sons were removed from the
home and put in to the custody of the Department Of Children And Family
Services. No details were released about the autopsy, but reports say
that Angel was starved to death.
Clyde Thomas, Angel's grandfather said that Latisha had told him that
the baby was no longer eating properly, she wouldn't drink her bottles
and he claimed that Latisha had taken Angel to the hospital shortly
before she died. Police said there was no record of that visit:
"I don't see how a
medical professional would have looked at a child that was that
to death and release it to go home"
Angel was born in December of 2011 and records were found for only one
doctors visit since that time, though they did find that several
scheduled appointments had been missed. A spokesman for the Sheriff's
Office said that Angel had been malnourished for quite some time before
she died. Latisha was held on $500,000. bond. On her death certificate,
the cause of death for Angel is listed as sever malnutrition.
Felicia Thomas, cousin to Latisha, said that she had thought something
might be wrong with Angel and she tried to get Latisha to bring her to
the hospital, but she didn't. Golden Richardson, Angel's father, was
not living in the home since they were not married. Golden's mother
lived in the same apartment complex as Latisha and she said that the
death of her only granddaughter shocked her:
"Come to me if you
don't know nothing, I'm the grandma"
Penny said that the last
time she had seen her granddaughter was in January and that Latisha was
the main caregiver for all of her children. The two boys living in the
home didn't seem to be suffering from any kind of abuse or neglect.
Felicia tried to talk to Latisha about what happened and she wouldn't
say anything to her about it:
"I guess she didn't
want to tell us nothing. I guess she kept it all in her heart"
Children And Family Services
will give family members a chance to take children before placing them
in foster care, however, a thorough review of the home and the
situation some times causes a delay or a denial of the children being
placed with family members and a Judge has to agree with the decision.
Clyde told Police that Angel had had medical problems even in the womb.
Clyde, who is a Pastor, presided over his granddaughter's funeral.
Angel Thomas, 2 months, a
native and resident of Thibodaux, died Thursday,
Feb. 9, 2012.
graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Morning Star
Baptist Church Cemetery in Raceland.
is survived by her mother, LaTisha Thomas of Thibodaux; father, Golden
Richardson of Thibodaux; brothers, Jordan Thomas and John Thomas, both
of Thibodaux; sister, Cherron Thomas of Thibodaux; and grandparents,
Clyde Thomas and Beverly Thomas of Raceland, and Golden Washington and
Penny Richardson, both of Thibodaux.
Funeral Home of Raceland is in charge of arrangements.
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