Natalie Broussard and Ryatt Hensely

Police Capture Mother Who Fled From Murder Charge, Accused of Killing Tot Son in Hot Car Death

Lousiana police say they’ve captured a woman who fled after being charged with murder in connection with her son’s hot car death.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Lafayette Parish Coroner confirmed that 2-year-old Ryatt Hensley died of heatstroke in September 2019. The toddler was found dead after sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in Duson, in the 6900 block of Cameron Street at 1:50 p.m., amid reports of an unresponsive child in a car.

The boy’s mother, Natalie Broussard, 27, was initially charged with negligent homicide, and later charged with second-degree murder, when a grand jury indicted her on July 2021, according to the Arkadia Advocate.

Authorities were searching for Broussard earlier this week, but the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that she was found and apprehended on Wednesday. The sheriff’s office didn’t provide additional details regarding where Broussard was found or information about the arrest.

According to No Heat Stroke, Ryatt was the 23rd of 25 children who died in a hot car in 2020. In 2019, 52 children died of vehicular heatstroke.

For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Listen to a related episode below. 

Join Nancy Grace for her new online video series designed to help you protect what you love most — your children.

[Featured Photo: Natalie Broussard, Ryatt Hensley/Facebook]