HARRISON COUNTY, Texas — The Harrison County District Attorney’s Office is seeking to upgrade the charges against the Harrison couple for the death of a child.
Warrants were obtained for Danielle Faulkner and her boyfriend Larry Faulkner for injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. Their bonds were each set at $1 million dollars.
According to the DA's Office, in addition to the injury of a child causing serious bodily injury charge, the defendants could be charged with murder or capital murder.
In Texas, the murder of a child under 15 years of age can be a capital murder punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
According to the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, on September 17 at about 11:54 p.m. deputies received a call of a 5-year-old having trouble breathing and having a seizure.
Harrison County deputies and EMS responded to a home on American Plant Road.
Harrison County says the child's mother Danielle Faulkner and her boyfriend Larry Prudhomme told deputies that the child fell off the porch while taking out the trash.
The child was transported to the hospital immediately. While being treated, bruises were seen all over his body. EMS believed the "extreme" amount of bruising was not consistent with the falling.
EMS transported the child to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport. The child died on September 20, as a result of his injuries.
The Harrison County District Attorney’s Office is working along with investigators from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Children’s Protective Services.