Update: After the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office made a ruling on the manner of death in this case, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Investigators upgraded the charges on Kevin Scott (DOB 6/25/1990) and Samantha Hotard (DOB 5/11/1991) to L.R.S 14:30.1 Second Degree Murder. Both Scott and Hotard remain incarcerated in the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell-area couple on charges related to cruelty to a juvenile.
On Monday, (April 8), the STPSO was contacted to conduct an investigation into the death of a three-month-old male child who was found unresponsive in a Slidell-area home. The child was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
The child’s remains were turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for autopsy, where it was determined the child suffered a non-accidental fracture to the right arm.
The subsequent investigation resulted in arrest warrants being issued through the 22nd Judicial Court for both of the child’s parents, Kevin Scott (DOB 6/25/1990) and Samantha Hotard (DOB 5/11/1991), of Slidell.
Scott has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on a charge of L.R.S. 14:93.2.3 Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles and Hotard has been booked on a charge of L.R.S. 14:93 Cruelty to Juveniles.
The death investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.