News Release

Lafayette Police Department CALEA Emblem

Jim Craft, Chief of Police
900 East University Ave.
P.O. Box 4308
Lafayette, LA 70502
Contact: Cpl. Paul L. Mouton
Public Information Officer
Office: (337) 291-8617
Fax: (337) 291-8665​


Date/Time: 4/2/2014 7:20 PM
Mother Arrested in 5 Month Old Girl's Death
Lafayette, LA – On January 29, 2014, Lafayette Police responded to an area hospital regarding the death of a 5 month old girl.  When investigators arrived at the hospital they were advised that the child had died from an accidental suffocation.  The incident allegedly occurred at the child’s residence in the 100 block of Zim Circle.  The mother advised investigators that a plastic shopping bag had covered the child’s head.  The child was found not breathing and transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
On March 31, 2014, detectives received new information in the case and an arrest warrant for 1st Degree Murder was issued for the mother, Raven Senegal (20) of Lafayette.  Senegal was arrested today in Alexandria Louisiana and is in the process of being transported back to Lafayette.  The investigation remains ongoing.


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