Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Mexican National has been charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of his girlfriends 20-month-old son. Emmanuel Hernandez (H/M, D.O.B. 05/05/89) was booked late Tuesday night after being transferred from the custody of immigration officials.
Hernandez was living with his girlfriend and her son, 20-month-old Enmanuel Gonzales, at 248 West 59th Street in Cut Off. On May 15, Gonzales was taken to a local hospital when it was discovered he was having trouble breathing. The child was subsequently transferred to Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Childrens Hospital of New Orleans. Then On Friday, May 17, representatives of Childrens Hospital contacted Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Office detectives in reference to Gonzales having stopped breathing, and his injuries and ailments were consistent with those associated with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Gonzales was eventually removed from life support over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents determined Hernandez did not have legal residency in the United States and detained him. Following further investigation into the incident, detectives obtained a warrant for Hernandezs arrest for the 2nd degree murder of Enmanuel Gonzales. Hernandez was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on Tuesday night and booked as per the warrant. He is now being held in lieu of $1 million bond as set by Judge F. Hugh Larose. The investigation into this case is continuing.