Brekina Rechelle Lott, 32, of Orange, TX, was indicted on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 on a charge of capital murder of a child in the death of Daviana Landry, 5, of Thibodeaux, Louisiana.
Lott is accused of killing the girl at a home in the 700 block of 10th Street.
She remains in Orange County Jail where her bond is set at $1 million.
According to a probable cause affidavit, when officers arrived at the scene on June 26, 2020, they found the little girl unresponsive in the living room of the home.
The child had bruises on her arms, chest and face and her eyes were swollen shut, the document reveals.
Lott reportedly told officers the injuries were from dust mites. She said she had treated the girl’s bites with Calamine lotion. She also told investigators, according to the affidavit, the girl also had a minor injury on the back of her head, which she treated with liquid band aide. Lott told police she hurt herself while playing on the slip and slide.
The preliminary cause of death of was determined to be ‘craniocerebral trauma, to include skull fractures, subdural hemorrhage and brainstem contusions.’ Landry’s cause of death is being called a homicide and preliminary autopsy results released Monday showed that she died due to blunt force trauma.
One of the key witnesses into what police say happened is an 11-year-old boy who told police he witnessed Lott physically abuse Landry.
He told investigators that Lott pushed, slapped and hit the girl with objects, according to the affidavit. He identified those objects in the house to detectives.
Landry told investigators when she woke up on Friday, June 26, the girl was lying on the living room floor. She said she immediately had her son call 911 and started CPR.
Lott is being held in the Orange County Jail on a charge of “capital murder of a child under 10-years-old.” Her bond has been set a $1 million.
Landry had spent time with with Lott before, according to police.