Popular zydeco musician Rosie Ledet
Popular zydeco musician Rosie Ledet is being investigated following the discovery of a nearly full-term baby’s body in a shed in Elton last week. So far, Ledet has only been questioned and no charges have been filed pending the result of an autopsy which could take several weeks.
Peggy Kennedy, chief detective with the Allen Sheriff Department, said that Ledet had the miscarriage on July 1 in Iota.
She then allegedly wrapped the body in a blanket and took it to the home of one of her band members, Andre Nizari.
Ledet then placed the baby’s body inside of a shed on Nizari’s property.
Nizari told authorities that he was unaware of the miscarriage and didn’t know that Ledet had brought the body with her.
The two then left for a tour out of state and returned on Sunday. Ledet’s band’s schedule had her playing shows in Sioux City, Iowa on July 2, 3, and 4th.
Upon returning from the tour, Ledet told Nizari about the body. Nizari called 911 and reported what Ledet had told him.
The Allen Sheriff’s Office and Acadian Ambulance responded to the scene and located the baby which was taken to a local funeral home until the body could be sent to the Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.
Ledet was taken to a hospital in Jennings and released later that day.
Kennedy said the results of the autopsy would determine how authorities would proceed with the case.
The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation because the miscarriage happened in Iota, which is in Acadia Parish.
Ledet’s music has earned her several awards including being named best female artist three times by the Zydeco Music and Creole Heritage Award.
She had been scheduled to perform upcoming shows in Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont according to her MySpace Music Page. It has yet to be announced whether those shows are still scheduled.
Ledet’s band has been performing since 1994 and she has released eight albums of her own material according to her press kit.
She has been a fixture at many of the festivals across South Louisiana over the past two decades.