- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

OBERLIN, La. (AP) - A judge has refused to reduce the bond for an Oakdale woman accused of killing, burning and burying a pregnant woman and her unborn baby in 2011.

Pamela Causey-Fregia, 32, is being held on $780,000 bond in the death of 22-year-old Victoria Marie Perez and her unborn child.

Perez was eight months pregnant when she disappeared in March 2011 after leaving a doctor’s appointment in Alexandria.

Causey-Fregia also changed her plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity on the charges during a brief court appearance with her attorney, John Demoruelle.

Demoruelle said Causey-Fregia has had “mental problems all her life,” but was unable to provide Judge Joel Davis with medical records Thursday to substantiate the claim.

Davis accepted the plea change, but said that before a sanity commission could be appointed the court would need to see some kind of proof of past mental problems.

Afterward, Demoruelle told the American Press that family members had told him about Causey-Fregia’s mental health problems, but said she had never been committed to a facility. Causey-Fregia is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree feticide, along with accessory after the fact, aggravated battery and obstruction of justice.

She is accused of killing Perez, then burning and burying the body in a wooded area in Oakdale. She also burned a blanket and a plastic storage tote that could have been used as evidence, according to Sheriff Doug Hebert III.

Authorities believe Causey-Fregia killed Perez to take her baby and raise it as her own.

Perez’s remains were found in the front yard of a residence in Oakdale in February. The property is owned by Causey-Fregia’s family.

Causey-Fregia is being held in a correctional center in Cottonport.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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