PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A Plaquemines Parish grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Navy reservist and his wife in the death of their 3-month-old child.
Calendria and Xavier Houston face second-degree murder as well as cruelty and neglect charges in the alleged abuse of their five other children, including two sets of twins, all under the age of 4.
Emergency responders were called to a home in family housing at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans in Belle Chasse on March 15 at approximately 7:30 a.m. When they arrived they found the infant unresponsive, according to Naval Base Public Affairs Officer Andrew Thomas.
Thomas said after an NCIS investigation, the case was turned over to the Plaquemines Parish district attorney.
The district attorney's office said all of the instances of abused happened at the Belle Chasse Naval Station. The office has not released how the child died or what type of cruelty the remaining children may have endured.
Bond for Calendria Houston was set at $400,000. Xavier Houston's bond was set at $300,000. The couple is scheduled for arraignment on July 27.
Thomas said Xavier Houston is an Airman Aviation Structural Mechanic from Memphis, Tenn. The 26-year-old is attached to VFA 204, a tenant command of the base. Houston entered the Navy in 2013.