Authorities in St. Martin Parish were alerted to a troubling situation back in May when an 11-month-old baby was brought into a local hospital for medical treatment. It was determined at that time that the youngster was actually under the influence of narcotics.

A further investigation led to the discovery that the baby was not only under the influence of narcotics but the child had been exposed to a dangerous controlled substance. A test at the hospital confirmed what authorities suspected and an investigation was launched.

The results of that investigation have lead to the arrests of two people. Hailee Romero and Jacob Romero were taken into custody yesterday. Both are now facing these charges in connection with the case.

  • One count of LA. R.S. 14:93.2.3—second-degree cruelty to juveniles (felony)
  • One count of LA. R.S. 14:91.13- illegal use of CDS in the presence of a juvenile (misdemeanor)
  • One count of LA. R.S. 40:966/C—possession of schedule I CDS (felony)
  • One count of LA. R.S. 40:967/C—possession of schedule II CDS (felony)

Information about those charges was reported online in a story by KLFY television. Bond has been set for the Romeros at $10,500 each.