Grand jury charges two in Lafayette with killing children

A grand jury charged two Lafayette Parish residents with murder Wednesday in separate cases involving the killing of children.

Raven Senegal, 20, of Lafayette, was charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 29 suffocation death of her daughter, Miracle, who was not yet 6 months old.

The grand jury also charged Bryant R. Rogers, 25, of Carencro, with first-degree murder in the early April killing of his girlfriend’s 11-month-old son, Carson Dupuis.

Authorities initially believed Miracle Senegal was accidently suffocated by a plastic bag that had covered the baby’s face, Lafayette police Cpl. Paul Mouton said in early April.

Raven Senegal was arrested April 2 in Alexandria after police obtained new information. She remains jailed in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, where she is being held without bail.

In the case involving the death of Carson Dupuis, deputies responding April 4 to a 6:40 a.m. report of an unresponsive child were told the child had stopped breathing sometime overnight and was found by his mother, Karin Dupuis.

Investigators later arrested Rogers and Dupuis after concluding Carson “had severe trauma consistent with prolonged abuse,” Sheriff’s Capt. Kip Judice said at the time.

On Wednesday, the grand jury charged Karen Dupuis with criminal negligence of her child.

The indictment stated Dupuis’ negligence “caused serious bodily harm” or “neurological impairment” to Carson.

Dupuis and Rogers remain in the parish Correctional Center. Dupuis is being held on $250,000 bond. Rogers is being held without bond.