Couple indicted on capital murder charges in 4-year-old's death; death penalty an option
By Heather Nolan and David Lisenby
A Hardin County grand jury has indicted a Kountze couple on capital murder charges in connection with the death of a 4-year-old girl.
District Attorney David Sheffield confirmed Tuesday the charges have been brought against Amanda Nichole Guidry, 30, and Jason Wade Delacerda, 34.
Sheffield said his office will be seeking the death penalty against Delacerda and that the option still is open on Guidry.
According to the Texas Penal Code, killing a child under 6 years old is considered capital murder.
Guidry's daughter, Breonna Nichole Loftin, died Aug. 17 at a Beaumont hospital, where an examination documented burn marks, bruises and signs of apparent sexual abuse. The actual cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Both Guidry and Delacerda are being held at the Hardin County Jail without bond, Sheffield said.