- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A 41-year-old Lacombe woman accused of fatally beating her foster child has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder in St. Tammany Parish courtroom.

Her bond was set at $1 million.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1ONKMYX) Trenique Faciane did not speak Monday as her attorney, Buddy Spell, offered her plea and asked for bail.

Judge William Knight said he took the severity of the allegations, as well as Faciane’s ties to the community and lack of addictions, into account in setting bail at $1 million.

Spell objected, saying he thought the bail was too high.

She is accused of beating Madison Parrott with a hairbrush, shaking her, and dropping her into a bathtub on May 21. Parrott died at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans the next day.

The child was in Faciane’s personal care in Lacombe, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said in May when arresting Faciane.

The case unfolded with a 9-1-1 call from the Lacombe home about a child who was vomiting and unresponsive, according to authorities. Firefighters and paramedics answered the call and took the child to the Louisiana Heart Hospital north of Lacombe.

Hospital officials grew suspicious after talking to Faciane. They alerted the Sheriff’s Office that a girl showing signs of abuse had been brought to the emergency room.

Should Faciane make bond, she would be subject to weekly reporting to authorities, regular drug testing and home incarceration from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Knight said. She would not be allowed to have any contact with minors.

A pretrial conference is set for Oct. 27.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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