Sanity investigation ordered for man accused of abusing infant

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A judge in state district court ordered

a sanity investigation to determine whether a man accused of abusing

an infant was insane at the time of the offense.

Chad Wayne Daigle, 31, is charged with

second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.

Prosecutor Jonathan Blake, with the

state Attorney General's Office, requested the sanity hearing because

Daigle has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Defense attorney Heath Dorsey

previously said that Daigle's defense would likely revolve around his

mental health.

Blake asked for two court psychiatrists

to examine Daigle . The examinations are to be completed within 45

days.

Dorsey said he would also likely have

Daigle examined by a psychiatrist.

Daigle has a bench trial set before

Judge Ron Ware on June 9.

Daigle is accused of abusing an infant

in June 2013, leaving the child with a skull fracture, bleeding on

the brain and a broken jaw.

Daigle said his feelings were hurt when

the infant refused to eat chicken he had made and he slapped the

child, Michael Primeaux, with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office,

testified in a previous court hearing.

Daigle gave law enforcement several

accounts of what happened, including that his dog had struck the

child with its tail, Primeaux said.

Daigle is being held at Calcasieu Correctional Center on

$103,500 bond.