‘Prolonged abuse’ in boy’s death

The mother of a 3-year-old boy and her boyfriend were booked Thursday in the death of the child, who authorities said had injuries “indicating a prolonged abuse.”

The boyfriend, Landon Broussard, 21, of Lafayette Parish, was booked on one count of first-degree murder, and Laura Smith, 22, also of Lafayette Parish, was booked on a count of principal to first-degree murder, according to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators alleged that Brou ssard “had inflicted injuries which ultimately resulted in the child’s death,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kip Judice said in a news release.

The child had injuries “both fresh and healing, indicating a prolonged abuse,” Judice said. He said the boy’s identity is not being released because the Sheriff’s Office has been unable to contact is biological father, who is out of state.

Deputies received a 911 call about 10:22 a.m. Thursday reporting that a child was unresponsive at the home of Broussard’s grandmother in the 3700 block of Kaliste Saloom Road, Judice said.

He said deputies and other first responders found the child in “grave condition” and began to administer CPR.

The boy was later transported to Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Judice said.

The boyfriend had arrived at the Kaliste Saloom road home with the child apparently lifeless and Broussard’s grandmother called police, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office released no details on the nature of the injuries.

“The coroner has scheduled an autopsy for tomorrow morning,” Judice said late Thursday.

Judice said investigators planned to work through the evening to interview anyone who had recent contact with the boy.