Diana Nelson Daigle
January 16, 2008  - March 6, 2008
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On March 3, 2008, a six week old baby was rushed to the hospital with blunt force trauma to her head and body, she had burns that looked like curling iron burns, internal bleeding and Benzodiazepines in her system:

"This was not something that accidentally happened. This was an intentional act"
Captain Joe Culpepper

Lindsey Daigle had two children, a 14 month and a six week old, both daughters. A 911 call came in around 1:30 a.m. saying that a baby was not breathing. Diana had been at the home of her Godmother, Ashley Buras who was baby sitting her:

"Her hand was cold and it dawned on me that she wasn't breathing. She
was lifeless in my arms and I started CPR on her"

Ashley had checked on the baby about two hours prior to finding her unresponsive and cold, she said that Diana had been sleeping and she seemed fine. Diana was taken to Children's Hospital in New Orleans and she was placed on life support while tests were being done to determine if she would regain brain activity or not. Diana had skull fratures and non accidental trauma to her head as well as burns on her arm.



Family members gathered around to be with Diana and it was said that if she remained unresponsive, life support would be removed. At that point, it wasn't clear how the injuries had happened or who was responsible, but Ashley had noticed that there was a burn on Diana's arm when she arrived at her home that day. Allen Daigle, Diana's grandfather had been with her for part of the day. Allen Daigle had left his home that evening and the baby was there with family members, including Lindsey, her mother. Allen returned home later and the house was empty. At around 1:30 a.m. a call came in saying that Diana was in the hospital. Allen said that they day had started out normal:

"She was in my lap, laughing and giggling. My grandbaby didn't deserve any of this.
I hope whoever is responsible for this pay and they pay dearly"
Allen Daigle

A family friend who lived near by and who helped to care for Diana had stopped by that day at about 4:14 p.m. and she changed Diana's diaper:

"That's when I noticed the marks"
Amy Thomas

Amy was referring to the marks on Diana's arm and leg that looked to be either cigarette or lighter burns, the burns looked fresh as though they had been made that very day. Amy fed Diana and then noticing that Lindsey was asleep on the couch, she decided to leave and take Diana with her and give her a bath at her house three blocks away:

"I could not get Lindsey to budge, I took Diana to my  house"

Lindsey said:

"I let my baby go with Amy for an hour"

Amy was said to have been gone for about 15 minutes and in that time she says she bathed Diana and put baby lotion on her skin and then went back to Lindsey's house. Amy called later and was told that Diana was fine, though she told Lindsey that she needed to get Diana to the hospital so the burns could be treated. Neither of the two women had an explanation as for how Diana had been injured that day and each said it was the fault of the other.

Police did speculate that the injuries had taken place between Friday and Sunday and that a tranquilizer like Xanax, called Benzodiazepine was found in her system. The Office Of Community Services was doing an investigation into what happened and they had been called three times since the baby had born, according to Allen Daigle and while it was said that family members knew Lindsey neglected her children at times, they didn't think she had hurt Diana this time:

"Deep down, I don't believe my daughter did this"
Allen Daigle

Amy said:

"I know that I did not harm that child in any way"

An Uncle, also named Allen Nelson, had this to say:

"I had no idea what was going on. All I seen was the pale face and the blue
lips. I didn't see the burn marks until I went to the Police Station"

One of pet peeves with people is when they don't use the name of a child, they say "That child" or "Her/Him", children have names and this one was named Diana.

Amy Thomas, who was 22 years that time, was arrested after Diana was removed from life support and died and her cause of death was said to be the result of a being beaten, burned and having a controlled substance in her system.

Amy Thomas was charged with murder and held without bail. Police determined that Diana had suffered blunt force trauma and head injuries that seemed to be from being hit with a fist and she had been forced to swallow the medication that was in her system when she died. Amy was said to have admitted to abusing Diana.

In July of 2010 Amy Leighann Thomas was 24 years old when she was sentenced to life in prison, having plead guilty to second degree murder. Amy would spend the rest of her life in prison, which is exactly the way it should be, in my opinion.

Linsday Daigle, who was 19 years old at the time, was arrested and charged with cruelty to children after it was found that her 14 month old daughter had the same substance in her system and Diana. Captain Joe Culpepper said that Lindsey had admitted to giving her daughter the drugs Lindsey's bond was set at $100,000. and if she was convicted she was facing ten years in prison. The 14 month old girl was taken into protective custody and placed in a foster home.

"It's a terrible situation. What's best for the baby at this time is to find
who done this and make them pay"
Sgt. Darrell Darden

Reports at that time said that Lindsey and Amy were being kept in the same jail though as far away from each other as they could be. Lindsey had no restrictions on her activities and that a day at the jail started at about 5:00 a.m. when the inmates have breakfast and if they do not eat when it was served, they didn't get breakfast at all. Lunch was at 11:00 a.m. and inmates spent a lot of time watching television until it was time for lights out at 10:00 p.m. Inmates were allowed to go outside at times, though it was said to be rare. It was reported that Lindsey was very child like and that Amy spent a lot of time crying and Lindsey felt that Amy killed Diana out of revenge.

Lindsey said that she had told on Amy for stealing something from a co-worker's locker and though she didn't work at the same place as Amy, she never said how she knew about her taking something from someone. Amy at first denied that she was trying to get revenge and said she didn't do anything to hurt Diana, then later told the truth.

I have tried to find a sentence for Lindsay and though some Google titles say she was sentenced, I am unable to find any actual articles that say she was and for how long.



OBITUARY:

Diana Daigle
Died March 6, 2008

BOGALUSA - Diana Daigle, age 6 weeks old, a resident of Bogalusa, died Thursday, March 6, at Children's Hospital of New Orleans. She is survived by her parents, Lindsey Daigle and Donald Nelson of Bogalusa; nine siblings, Deanna Nelson, La'Dasha Carrol, Alixis Westbrook, Donald Vice, Devontay Vice, Malika Brown, Donnett Byrd, Gwen Byrd and Courtney Hodges all of Bogalusa; grandparents, Charles Morgan, Allen Daigle Sr. and Margaret Daigle; great-grandparents, Anna Ryan, Tommy and Hilda Brown; aunts and uncles, Aaron Daigle, Heather Daigle, Allen Daigle Jr., Tandy Daigle, Leon Nelson, Gerald and JoyWanda Nelson, Christopher and Yvonne Nelson, Charles Nelson Jr. and Stacey Saraceno, Travis Nelson and Timekia Hagan; God parents, Allen Daigle Jr. and Brandi Rodrigue; a host of cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and great-grandparents, Gwendlyn Dian Morgan, Shirley Ballard Peirce, Homer Ballard Sr., Curtis Ryan, Edgar Daigle, Jessie Montaldo and Fredric Montaldo.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at Cook Richmond Funeral Home. The funeral service will be private with the Rev. Lemuell Holloway officiating. Interment will follow in the Bogalusa Cemetery.

Obituary found here: http://www.gobogalusa.com/obituaries/

This page was created on January 26, 2015
Death occurred in the state of Louisiana

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