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UPDATED: The suspect has been arrested – Subject Wanted in Death of Infant Found in Vehicle Near Highway 317


Sheriff Blaise Smith announces that Ervin Melancon has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Broussard Police Department made contact with Ervin on Sunday afternoon, May 9, 2021, and took him into custody. Melancon was subsequently transferred to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. No bail has been set.


Original Story:

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith advises that a warrant has been obtained for Ervin Melancon, 53, of Breaux Bridge, LA, on the charge of Second-Degree Murder.

At approximately 2:30 pm, on Saturday, May 8, 2021, a call of a suspicious car was made to dispatchers at the SMPSO communications center. Deputies were dispatched to the car that was located near the Intracoastal Bridge on Highway 317.

Upon arrival, they found the deceased body of an infant inside the vehicle. Detectives were notified and through the investigation, Melancon was developed as the suspect. A warrant was obtained for his arrest.

The cause of the infant’s death has not been determined at this time.

The public is asked to contact the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 828-1960 with any information on the whereabouts of Ervin Melancon.

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