NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Little Madison Parrott would have turned 2 years old in July. Instead, the toddler died from multiple blunt force trauma.
St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain says her foster parent, 40-year-old Trenique Faciane, caused her injuries.
"Faciane admitted what she did, of not only attacking the child with a brush, but then shaking the child severely and then dropped her into a bathtub," Strain says.
Faciane has been in jail since last Thursday, booked with first-degree murder.
Bill Arata, who is representing the child's biological mother Mindy Parrott, says his client suspected her daughter was being abused in the foster parent's home.
"The mother reported weekly for at least a month prior to the death of the child that there were unexplained bruising on the child. She wanted them to follow up on it. DCFS did not," says Arata.
Arata says Parrott sent several statements to the Department of Children and Family Services.
"Mindy noticed things and placed DCFS on notice of those injuries, and there were multiple bruises. I think the last one was on the child's forehead. It involved even a cut," says Arata.
He says little Madison was taken from her biological mother and father's home back in December and placed in foster care. Since then, he says Mindy Parrott was able to visit with the little girl.
"The mother was working her case plan, and to my knowledge, had completed her case plan," says Arata.
The attorney says Parrott was hopeful she'd get Madison back in the next couple of months. He says now, Parrott believes her daughter's death could have been prevented.
"I don't really believe a woman who does what Ms. Faciane did does it just one time, especially when the mother is convinced it was happening over a long period of time," says Arata.
The Department of Children and Family Services launched an internal investigation and placed at least one case worker on administrative leave with pay. They also say that's standard protocol in cases like this one.
Police say Faciane is also the co-owner of Wee-Wisdom Daycare in Slidell. The Sheriff's Office says she was not involved in the day-to-day operations, but they still want parents to be aware.