Child's death ruled homicide

Jeff Davis offices join investigation

ACADIA PARISH – Earlier Thursday, the Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon and Acadia Parish Coroner Dr. Mark Dawson provided a mild update into the death of Keagyn Parson, 3, who died May 19.

The next update from the sheriff’s office, later Thursday, however, brought in the factor of foul play.

After announcing the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s and Coroner’s offices had joined the investigation, APSO announced that Parson’s death had been ruled a homicide.

Parson, a resident of Lake Arthur, was visiting his stepmother in Evangeline when he collapsed in her home May 19, according to the sheriff’s office release. APSO received a 911 call at approximately 4:37 p.m. that afternoon from a resident living in the 2500 block of Riverside Road, near Jennings. The caller told emergency operators that the child was not breathing.

Parson was taken to Jennings American Legion  Hospital where efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead.

The child’s body was taken to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

The case remains open and the Acadia and Jeff Davis parishes’ sheriff’s offices continue to investigate the now homicide, along with the two parishes’ coroner’s offices.

The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office contributed to this report via press releases.

Jeannine LeJeune is the online editor for the Crowley Post-Signal. She can be reached at jeannine.lejeune@crowleytoday.com or 337-783-3450.

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