A Louisiana mother who brought her deceased daughter to a hospital has apparently tried to kill herself after she was arrested and booked on murder charges.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 24-year-old Jasmine Anderson brought her 5-year-old daughter, Audrey Lynn Chelette, to the Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria on July 17. The woman reportedly told the medical staff she was in a car crash with her daughter and the little girl injured her neck.
Audrey was dead upon arrival at the hospital.
According to the Alexandria Police Department, Anderson told authorities she was in a wreck while driving her van, with her daughter inside. The woman claimed the girl hit her head and neck on the passenger window.
Investigators found Anderson’s van and ultimately located the spot where the woman said the crash occurred. Yet, the responding officers said the little girl’s injuries were not consistent with the crash in the way Anderson described. Further, authorities said they couldn’t even locate evidence that a wreck actually took place.
Anderson was subsequently arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Audrey Lynn Chelette. <3 pic.twitter.com/Of3wutg8KG
— Jasmine Anderson. (@GetLikeJasmine) February 16, 2014
Audrey is not Anderson’s only child who died. In April, 4-year-old Christopher Dawayne Chelette Jr. passed away after a bottle cap got stuck in his throat. The boy’s death was initially listed as accidental, but with the death of Audrey, police are taking another look at the case.
“Naturally, we are taking another look at our files from these deaths,” Alexandria Police Department Cpl. Wade Bourgeois said, according to NBC News. “However, it would be premature to say we are reopening the cases.”
Meanwhile, Anderson’s court-appointed defense lawyer plans to file a sanity commission after the suspect tried to kill herself behind bars.
“She was flatlined when I got there,” Sheriff Hilton said, according to News Channel 5. “Our medics and Acadian Ambulance did everything to bring her back. She left here with a good pulse.”
Previous Red Flags
According to the Pineville Police Department, in April 2017, officers were called after Anderson reportedly said she “wanted to give her children in the lake or river.” Authorities responded and drove to an area near Buhlow Lake in Pineville, where Anderson was reportedly acting unstable while caring for her two young children.
Two separate tipsters called the police and said Anderson threatened to kill herself, claiming it was “her time to go,” KALB reports. She then allegedly claimed she wanted to give her kids to the river so it could “baptize them.”
Responding officers took Anderson to a local hospital emergency room. A relative took care of the kids while Anderson was in the hospital. It’s unclear what became of the case afterward, as Pineville PD transferred it to social services.
Due to confidentiality laws, the Department of Children and Family Services refused to divulge case information, the outlet reports.
Prior to the incident, in 2016, the children’s father, Christopher Dawayne “Critter” Chelette, hanged himself. It’s unclear yet whether authorities intend to take a second look at the case.
Anderson was the sole person that found all three family members deceased.
Audrey’s cause of death was said to have been a neck injury According to the girl’s paternal grandmother, Kendra Foster, doctors said the little girl had a “4-inch slit” across her neck.
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[Feature Photo: Audrey Chelette/Handout; Facebook]