Angel Taylor and Chevy Lafountain Wiki – Biography
Drug-addicted parents, Angel Taylor and Chevy Lafountain, starved their 4-month-old baby while simultaneously neglecting their 1-year-old son so severely that it baffled a local sheriff as to how the toddler managed to survive.
Taylor, 24, and Lafountain, 31, were arrested Aug. 1 and charged with second-degree murder, child abuse and neglect.Taylor, according to the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, called police because his daughter was not breathing. When officers arrived at the couple’s home, they found the baby lifeless on a bed inside. Taylor allegedly told police that he had had his daughter sleeping for the past hour, but upon closer investigation, authorities had doubts about the young mother’s story.“How long was that baby really dead, I couldn’t tell you. The boy had been severely malnourished, who knows when he last ate that baby,” Sheriff Mike Tregre said at a news conference this week, FOX8Live reported.An autopsy report showed that the baby was suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and starvation.Taylor and Lafountain’s 13-month-old son also lived in the home. Like his now-deceased sister, Tregre said the boy had been severely neglected.
Angel Taylor, 24, and Chevy Lafountain, 31, years old.
Reserve parents booked with murder After 4-month-old dies of starvation and abuse
As he spoke to reporters Tuesday, Tregre’s shock was palpable.“Somehow the boy found a way to eat and managed to survive,” he said. Taylor and Lafountain were charged with second-degree murder, but also face one felony count of cruelty to minors with force/violence and one misdemeanor count of child desertion.The trailer where the couple lived was a gruesome scene, according to the sheriff’s office, with abandoned signs piled in front of the home where the children’s toys were strewn and mixed with trash and junk.“I have seen wild animals take better care of their babies,” Tregre commented after the couple was booked.The horrors that befell the children were the result of a deadly combination of “drug abuse, poor parenting and neglect of the highest order,” he added, noting that neither parent had expressed remorse and admitted to using drugs.“They both admitted they treated the children badly and [Chevy Lafountain] blamed everyone but himself,” Tregre said.Lafountain blamed the dealers who sold him his drugs, Tregre said, and the mother attributed his neglect to not knowing she was passing out for hours. The couple’s son is now in the custody of child protective services.“You know, you have people in this world who would love to have a baby who can’t have children. A stranger would have taken this child. Just to see a child deteriorate like this? It’s tough,” Tregre said.A recent report from the US Department of Health and Human Services found that in 2020, more than 4 million children were involved in maltreatment investigations.