According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “On March 4, 2021, detectives with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in regards to a 9-month-old drowning victim.”
Upon further investigation by detectives, it was determined that Nicholas Lee Ducote placed his 9-month-old and 2-year-old children in the bathtub and allowed them to play with bath toys while he folded clothes. He then exited the bathroom and played a video game on the television for a short amount of time.
While occupied in the other room, he heard a loud splash and went inside the bathroom to check on the children. The 9 month old juvenile was unresponsive in the water in the back of the tub. The 2 year old was sitting in the front part of the tub and was not injured. Nicholas Ducote removed the juveniles from the tub and called out to a family member for assistance. Emergency services were immediately contacted.
“An autopsy was conducted on March 8, 2021,” stated Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz. “The death of the juvenile was ruled an accidental drowning, however, Nicholas Ducote committed the act of criminal negligence. His simple carelessness resulted in the accidental death of an infant child.”
On March 15, 2021, Nicholas Lee Ducote was transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail and booked on the charge of Negligent Homicide.