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Sanity investigation ordered for man accused of abusing infant

Last Modified: Friday, April 11, 2014 11:03 AM

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.

Posted By: Charleen Godeaux On: 2/27/2015

Title: Prayers for Chad

I remember Chad from twenty years ago when he attended the school where I still teach. I remember how badly he bullied a special needs child in my class on a daily basis. He thought it was so cool and funny to torment this child to the point of tears. It's sad that he got by with it. Chad's parents were at his defense at every turn. I am now the sponsor of the anti-bullying club at my school. At our next month's meeting my kids and I will discuss this case. Then we will pray for you, Chad. God knows you need prayers.

Posted By: David On: 4/14/2014

Title: insanity is believable

A person has to be insane to treat an infant like this. Saying that, we don't need anybody on this earth that is not sane and could do this to a baby. There should be the death penalty for this such a crime. Plant him!

Posted By: Alesia On: 4/13/2014

Title: lock him up and throw away key!

I don't care if he is insane he should be locked up and never let out!! The laws are so twisted in this country; any one who hurts a child in anyway should never be allowed out of jail; they are the devil; only the devil could hurt an INNOCENT CHILD!!

Posted By: Brenda On: 4/12/2014

Title: Really???

Since when does doing drugs make you "insane"? This guy knows right from wrong when he's not high on meth.

Posted By: Ashley On: 4/11/2014

Title: No no no

No!!! You do not get away with abusing a child bc you are "insane"!!! You make me sick to the core. Excuses, excuses. That is what is wrong with this world today! Everyone blaming something/someone else for their wrong doings and getting away with it! Come on people, you're smarter than this!! An innocent child suffered/is suffering bc this "man" HIT him. He needs punished to the max! I'm sorry if you don't agree with me, your opinion is not needed to argue. I am simply stating how I feel.

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