LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A Welsh man was arrested Thursday, June, 20, 2019, for allegedly beating his two-month-old child, according to Welsh Police.
The Department says officers were dispatched around 7 p.m. to a home on West Russell Ave. after receiving a report of a two-month-old child that was not breathing.
Once arriving on the scene, first responders were able to transport the child to a local hospital for treatment. After arriving at the hospital, the child was airlifted to a medical center in Lafayette on life support.
“Doctors noticed a fracture to the rear of the skull with blood around the brain,” Police Chief Marcus Crochet said. "We knew the only person who was with the child at the time was the father. We were able to conclude with his corporation that he had struck the child a few times in the back of the head that ultimately caused this "
The child’s father, Zackary Chevallier, 22, admitted that he had struck the child several times in the back of the head to stop the baby from crying according to authorities.
At the time, Chevallier was arrested on one count of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and booked into the Jeff Davis Parish Jail.
However, at 6 a.m. Friday, June 21, investigators received a call from the medical center in Lafayette that the child had died as a result of internal injuries to its brain.
Welsh detectives have now issued a warrant for manslaughter to Chevallier.
Crochet says he doesn’t know if there was previous abuse.
“We got with the coronor’s office," Crochet said. "They are going to do their normal medical exam. We are going to know later if there are prior injuries. At this time I am not able to say.”
Crochet says the mother of the child was at work at the time of the incident and two other children live in the residence. He says Social Services have been contacted, which is routine with these types of investigations.
Crochet says this is an ongoing investigation.