LAKE CHARLES, La. (BRPROUD) — 22-year-old Ivy L. Lee of Lake Charles was arrested on August 14, and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center after her 6-month-old baby died at a local hospital.
It all started around 3:45 p.m. when Lee requested help from an off-duty Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Deputy.
“Lee advised the deputy her 6-month-old child was not breathing,” according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
A second deputy stopped at the scene and both members of law enforcement tried to bring the baby back to life.
The 6-month-old “was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead,” according to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The ensuing investigation uncovered some inconsistencies in the claims that were laid out by Lee.
“During the initial investigation, Lee gave detectives two different stories, stating the child had not been in her care,” according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The 22-year-old then told detectives something else entirely.
CPSO says, that “Ivy ultimately advised detectives she drove to her place of employment on Gerstner Memorial Drive in Lake Charles, at which time she left the child in her small SUV, for approximately 5 hours.”
As part of the investigation, detectives also looked through the SUV and found what they think was marijuana.
Lee was then apprehended and remains behind bars on these charges:
- Second-Degree Murder
- Possession of Marijuana
Lee is being held on a $1,204,000 bond.