The mother of a 5-year-old Waskom boy and her boyfriend could face capital murder charges in the child’s death, Harrison County District Attorney Reid McCain said Tuesday.
Danielle Faulkner, 29, and Larry Prudhomme, 31, both of Waskom, were arrested Sept. 18 on charges of injury to a child, causing serious bodily injury — a first-degree felony. The couple are in the Harrison County Jail on $1 million bond each.
The boy died from his injuries Friday at a Shreveport medical center.
“In addition to injury of a child causing serious bodily injury, the defendants could be charged with murder or capital murder,” McCain’s office said Tuesday in a statement.
A capital murder charge could carry the death penalty or life in prison without parole, according to the DA’s office.
The child’s injuries were first discovered Tuesday when emergency personnel responded to a call of a child having trouble breathing after reportedly falling off of a porch. At the scene, first responders discovered massive bruising to the child’s body that wasn’t consistent with the couple’s story.