- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

OBERLIN, La. (AP) - A state judge set bond at $780,000 Monday for an Oakdale woman accused of killing a pregnant woman and her unborn baby, then burning and burying the body in a wooded area.

Allen Parish deputies said Pamela Causey-Fregia, 32, faces charges of first-degree murder and first-degree feticide in the death of 22-year-old Victoria Marie Perez, who was eight months pregnant when she disappeared in March 2011.

Causey-Fregia is also charged with accessory after the fact, aggravated battery and obstruction of justice in the case.

Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert said Causey-Fregia allegedly burned a blanket and a plastic storage tote that could have been used as evidence.

The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb ) she is represented by attorney John Demoruelle.

Authorities believe Causey-Fregia allegedly killed Perez to take her baby and raise it as her own, then burned and buried the body.

Perez’s remains are believed to have been found last week at a residence on in Oakdale. Hebert said bones recovered from property owned by Causey-Fregia’s family have been sent to the LSU FACES Lab in Baton Rouge where a forensic team will attempt to reconstruct the body and confirm the bones are from human remains.

Authorities began investigating the case Jan. 27 after receiving information from a Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent who had received information that one of Causey-Fregia’s minor children had information on Perez’s death.

“We are still running down a lot of information and talking to friends, family and neighbors,” Hebert said. “We need to collaborate or dismiss some of the things she said in her statements.”

Hebert said authorities felt they had enough information and probable cause to arrest Causey-Fregia last week.

District Attorney Todd Nesom said Causey-Fregia could face the death penalty if prosecutors decide to try the case as a capital murder case. No decision has been made on seeking the death sentence.

“This (case) is so new I have got to review the case and see the evidence,” Nesom said.

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

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