Louisiana woman charged in infant daughter’s death

October 11, 2021 GMT

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman has been charged in connection with the death of her infant daughter, authorities said.

Kageionna Butler of Houma was arrested Sunday and charged with principal to second-degree murder, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said in a news release Monday. The child’s father, 26-year-old Jake Guidry, was charged with second-degree murder on Sept. 28.

Deputies conducted a welfare check on the child early that morning in Thibodaux. Guidry said he hit 11-month-old Zabria Guidry “too hard,” according to the sheriff. She was found dead in the rear cargo area of Guidry’s SUV.

Butler, 21, initially said she didn’t know what happened to her daughter. Further investigation determined she was aware of ongoing abuse but didn’t do anything to stop it, Webre told The Courier.

She was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux, where Guidry is also being held. Bond was set at $1 million for both parents. It wasn’t immediately clear if Butler had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.