Investigation continues into bombs, molestation
Although a privately owned babysitting service was run out of Thomas Breaux’s home, police said the child he is accused of sexually assaulting was not one of the children from that service.
Morgan City Police Chief Marc Folse would not identify whether the child was a relative of Breaux, citing the victim’s privacy. He did note that police have opened a line of communication with the parents of all of the children enrolled in the babysitting service. The child was a 6-year-old female, according to police.
Breaux, 17, was arrested Friday at his home on Allison Street in Morgan City after authorities investigating an allegation of the abuse found three pipe bombs and child pornography software in the home owned by Breaux’s parents.
“Two of the three (pipe bombs) were live,” Folse said. “The third one was inert at that time … nothing was indicated to us of the usage of the bombs. That’s what we’re hoping to possibly uncover in the forensic investigation pulling up the computers and going back through the histories and seeing what the state police can uncover for us.”
Folse added that both the Louisiana State Police and the Department of Homeland Security are performing the forensic analysis, which could take several weeks to complete.
The pipe bombs were detonated in a sand pit on the property by the LSP Bomb Disposal Group’s robot, Folse said. He noted that the bombs were large enough to have killed anyone in the room and possibly outside of the home had they gone off. They were constructed from hardware store items, according to the chief.
There are no other persons of interest at this time, Folse said. While the investigation is ongoing, no new charges are anticipated at this time.
Breaux remained incarcerated this morning on one count each of sexual battery of a minor, possession of child pornography and manufacture of a bomb. His bond is set at $250,000.
In other police news, five area residents were arrested for fighting in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Bayou Vista Monday night.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said deputies were called to a fight in progress and charged the following with disturbing the peace by fighting:
—Mary Jones, 38, of Guzzetta Drive in Berwick.
—Jessica Thompson, 22, of Southwest Boulevard in Bayou Vista.
—Leondre Green, 20, of Iberia Street in Franklin.
—Danielle Paul, 17, of Freeman Lane in Patterson.
—Christine Green, 17, of Iberia Street in Franklin.
All were incarcerated at the St. Mary Parish Jail.
In unrelated arrests, Melynda Leleux, 43, of Evergreen Avenue in Bayou Vista was charged at 2:20 a.m. today with hit and run driving and no insurance.
Her arrest stems from the investigation of an auto accident in the Bayou Vista area in which a car was struck, Hebert said. Leleux was released on a summons to appear in court.
In an unrelated matter, Jessica Duhon, 29, of Sixth Street in Morgan City was charged with possession of Xanax without a prescription, resulting in a charge of possession of a Schedule IV narcotic, Hebert said.
Duhon was arrested Monday at 4:22 p.m. on Brashear Avenue in Morgan City and remained incarcerated this morning.
In Patterson, Police Chief Patrick LaSalle said Brian Wesley, 35, of Wise Street and Bobby Mouton, 36, of Gabriel Street were arrested for fighting on Gabriel Street at 3:31 p.m. Monday.
Wesley was charged with disturbing the peace by fighting and was booked, then released. Mouton was charged with disturbing the peace intoxicated and two counts of aggravated assault. He remained incarcerated this morning with no bond set.
Ashley Hunter, 29, of Lafayette was charged Monday with theft under $100. She was accused of shoplifting from Dollar General in Patterson, LaSalle said. Hunter later was released.
Elsewhere, a fire at 1621 Ridgeway Drive in Morgan City Saturday resulted in an estimated $50,000 in damages to the garage and a portion of the roof.
Morgan City Fire Chief Morris Price said Harry Williams Jr. and his family were home at the time of the fire, but there were no injuries.
A gas-powered water heater is the suspected cause, Price said.