By Kris Perez - email
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Jeff Davis Parish District Attorney Michael C. Cassidy announced Hollie Simon will not face criminal charges as a result of the death of her son on July 16, 2009. 2-year-old Hayden Blueitt died as a result of heat stroke from being in a car for several hours.
Cassidy said that the results of an investigation by the Jennings Police Department and the Office of Community Services indicated that Hayden's death was a tragic accident. Two of Simon's children and her nephew went out to play while she took a nap after working a night shift. At some point Hayden and another child were playing in the car, when the other child got out of the car, the electric door lock was accidentally engaged, and Hayden was locked inside. Due to the extreme heat, he suffered a fatal heat stroke.
After performing an autopsy, the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's office concluded the death was accidental. Hollie Simon authorized Cassidy to report that she voluntarily submitted to a toxicology screen, and the results indicated no traces of narcotics or alcohol in her system.
Cassidy also stated that there has never been a validated case of child abuse or neglect in the past concerning Hollie Simon. The Office of Community Services is continuing their involvement in this case with the goal of assisting with grief counseling and reuiniting the entire family.