FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 24, 2018
COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announces that Trenique C. Faciane, 44, of Lacombe was sentenced Friday (Sept. 21) to 30 years in prison for killing her 22-month-old foster child. Faciane, who owned a daycare at the time of the child’s death, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in February before District Judge Richard Swartz, who sentenced her.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies, who investigated the case, said Faciane admitted beating the toddler, Madison Parrott, with a hairbrush, shaking and dropping her in a bath tub on May 21, 2015. The child later died, and the cause was determined to be multiple blunt force trauma with bleeding on the brain. Faciane ultimately entered an “Alford plea,” meaning she did not admit her guilt but conceded that the evidence, if presented at trial, would likely have resulted in a guilty verdict.
Family members of the victim wrote statements about the impact of the girl’s death on their lives. “She was only 22 months old,” the mother wrote. “What did my baby do to have this done to her…There’s days I can’t deal with the fact that she will never come home to her family that so much loved her.”
The grandmother described the nightmares, fear, and other problems the remaining siblings have experienced since the toddler’s death. “How could someone get angry enough to violently kill a 22-month-old? That’s the nightmare we have to live with,” she said.
The siblings also wrote statements asking the judge to give Faciane a tough sentence. “If my sister could not stay alive for her life, then she should not be out of jail,” one statement said.
The maximum possible sentence for manslaughter is 40 years in prison. Assistant District Attorney John Alford prosecuted this case.