Foster mom faces murder in toddler's death

Foster mom faces murder in toddler's death

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A woman who allegedly beat and abused her 22-month-old foster child will face a first-degree murder charge after the girl died Friday.

According to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner, 22-month-old Madison Parrott died in the hospital today. Her foster mother,40-year-old Trenique Faciane from Lacombe, was previously booked with one count of felony second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and is now charged with first-degree murder. No bond has been set.

Parrott was hospitalized Thursday evening after deputies received reports that the girl was vomiting and unresponsive. Detectives said Faciane admitted to beating Parrott with a hairbrush, shaking her and dropping her into a bathtub.

Aside from being a foster parent, officers say Faciane is the part owner of Wee Wisdom Learning Center, a child care facility in Slidell.

The state Department of Children and Family Services released the following statement:

"Last night, the St. Tammany Parish Sherriff's Office (STPSO) contacted the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) regarding a report of severe injuries to a foster child in the care of a foster parent. The foster mother has since been arrested and charged with second degree cruelty to a juvenile. There are no other children in the home at this time. DCFS immediately initiated an internal investigation, including placing assigned staff on administrative leave with pay, and is fully cooperating with law enforcement."

Grace Weber with DCFS said the administrative staff includes at least one case worker. She said it's protocol to place someone under administrative leave with pay during this type of investigation.

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