$5 million bond set for Sulphur man accused of killing child

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A judge in state district court set a $5 million bond for a Sulphur man indicted on a second-degree murder charge Thursday

in relation to the death of an infant.

Trent Dubroc, 24, is accused of throwing his girlfriend’s 13-month-old child against a wall out of frustration, killing the


A grand jury in 14th Judicial District Court also returned a manslaughter indictment against Iowa man Austin James Soileau,

19, accused of killing DeQuincy man Chad Babineaux, 30, in a bar fight on Sept. 14.

Dubroc was originally charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, on which Judge Michael Canaday set a $1.5 million


Judge David Ritchie agreed to the bond increase after Thursday’s indictment.

“A couple factors went into it: Mr. Dubroc was a fugitive from justice and had a bench warrant pending when these new charges

arose, as well as the seriousness of the charge,” prosecutor David Palay said. “We’re dealing with the murder of an infant

child. Just the type of person that would go to those lengths that would cause the death of a child like this, I think the

judge took that into consideration as far as the seriousness of the charge.”

Palay said that in “over 20 years of practicing criminal court, I can think of only a handful of cases that have had similar

bonds as this.”

Dubroc also faces a charge of video

voyeurism and a contempt of court charge for failing to appear Sept. 20

on the video voyeurism


Dubroc took the baby out of the crib, threw the infant across the room, then returned the child to the crib without telling

anyone, Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso said.

Manslaughter indictment

Soileau was initially charged with second-degree battery, although the charges were upgraded to second-degree murder after

Babineaux died the day after the alleged incident at On the Rocks, an E. McNeese Street bar where Babineaux was employed.

Authorities said Babineaux was attempting to break up a fight when he was hit. When officers arrived, they found Babineaux

unresponsive on the floor. He was later declared brain dead by doctors.