In Loving Memory of Faith Saucier Murdered in Foster Care Aged 3 years old
The Attorney General for the State of Louisiana has taken over the MURDER case of the 3-year old child, FAITH SAUCIER, who died APRIL 16, 2011 while in foster care in Tangipahoa Parish. The District Attorney of Tangipahoa has recused himself due to the relationship discussed below.
Faith Saucier was buried on Good Friday with very few attendees to her very quite little funeral. Her Obituary did not appear in the local newspaper until TWO WEEKS after the funeral.
According to the attorney for the birth mother, the coroner's report shows that the toddler died of BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA TO THE HEAD on April 16, 2011. It was very hush, hush. No immediate news coverage until the attorney for the birth mother went to WDSU, who did a brief story intially but has never done any follow up. ActionNews 17 of Hammond also reported briefly, but only initially with no follow up. It took weeks for there even to be an arrest.
This case has never gotten off the ground because of personal relationships between the Foster Mother, who is employed by Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney, Scott Perrilloux, and 21st Judicial District Juvenile Judge Blair Edwards, who is the sheriff’s wife and the judge who issued the gag order cited by Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards’ office as a reason to not release any information in regard to Faith’s death.
The foster dad, MARK JOHNSON was finally arrested in May 2011 and charged with second-degree murder and released on a $150,000 property bond and, amazingly, the information trail seems to grow cold at that point.
This potential baby-murderer is walking around free as a bird. Louisiana law requires higher bonds be set for alleged crimes against children of this age. This man should NOT be walking the streets, much less over a year later when there has been no grand jury called or ANYTHING.
The 21st Judicial District Court, Judge Ray Chutz, set a Sept. 6, 2011 preliminary examination hearing in the case at the request of defense attorney Michael Thiel, who is representing potential defendant Mark Johnson. Aside from Johnson's May arrest, there is no public file in the case, which Chutz noted has not even been heard by a grand jury.
Chutz said he would allow the preliminary examination but insisted that, because the case has not so much as been given a file number, court officials must take the necessary measures to protect and preserve pre-indictment hearing documents. The veteran district court judge noted that the Supreme Court has reversed a conviction from several decades ago and ordered a new trial on the grounds that documents were not properly tracked pre-indictment. Even this Judge seems to recognize a problem here.
"I'm taking judicial notice," Chutz explained, as Thiel promised he would take whatever steps necessary to preserve the paperwork in Johnson's "temporary file."
In the meantime, the silence surrounding the murder of little Faith Saucier is deafening. As of the date of this Petition, May 28, 2012, there is still no grand jury scheduled and not results reported about the September preliminary examination.
Please consider signing this Petition so we can show the Attorney General for the State of Louisiana that we have NO INTENTION of FORGETTING about little FAITH SAUCIER. She deserved a life, and if this man took that from her, he needs to be adjudicated. We're not asking for public conviction before his right to his day in court. We are asking that the system that we love and believe in be utilized and that a grand jury be empanelled in this matter.
Man indicted for the murder of 3-year-old foster child
HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) -
A Hammond, LA man has been indicted for first-degree murder in the death of his 3-year-old foster daughter.
Mark Johnson, 51, was indicted Friday by a Tangipahoa Parish grand jury for the death of 3-year-old Faith Saucier who was in his foster care when she died from blunt force trauma to her body on April 16, 2011.
Following Friday's indictment, Johnson was ordered held without bond. He will be booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Prison.