When most people think of murder, they envision a premeditated killing motivated by greed or vengeance; this is a popular portrayal of murder in the movies and on television. Of course, many murders occur in the heat of the moment and are accidental. Sometimes, in a moment of weakness or anger, we might do things that we would never usually do. In some other instances, we may not even be responsible for a death.

Recently in Louisiana, a woman and her boyfriend arrived at the hospital with the woman’s son in critical condition. The child’s injuries were so severe that he was immediately flown to a nearby Children’s Hospital for treatment. Tragically, the four-year-old child succumbed to his injuries. Now the boyfriend of the child’s mother and the mother herself are both facing first-degree murder charges as they sit in jail without bond.

Very little information was reported along with this incident other than the fact that the couple brought the child in to the hospital. However, they are suspected of beating the child to such a severe degree that they caused the fatal injuries, and this is why they are facing criminal charges. It is possible that one or both of the adults struck the child, but whether or not they were responsible for the child’s injuries remains in question.

It is an unfortunate circumstances that simply being associated with a criminal act makes you a suspect. This is why some people hesitate to report crimes. If you bring a fatally injured child into the hospital, the police will almost certainly suspect that you had something to do with the injuries, if for no other reason than because they have no other suspects.

The important thing to remember is that in Louisiana, as well as every other state in the country, you are innocent until proven guilty. This means that just because you are the prime suspect in a crime and just because you have been arrested for a crime does not mean that your guilt is established. If you have been accused of a homicide crime in Louisiana, consider contacting a defense attorney as soon as possible to help you learn more about your legal rights.

Source: WDTN, “Louisiana mother, boyfriend charged with murder in 4-year-old’s death,” Apr. 7, 2015