Child dies in Ville Platte after being left in car

VILLE PLATTE, LA — Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl after she was left inside a vehicle outside of a nursing home in the 2000 block of West Main Street, according to Chief Neal Lartigue.

We will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

Child dies in hot car in Ville Platte

For the second time this week, Ville Platte police are investigating the death of a toddler.

A 3 year old boy died last week after being ran over by a vehicle. Witnesses said a man got out of a vehicle, which then began rolling backward. The baby was caught between an open passenger side door, then fell to the ground and the vehicle rolled over him, a spokesman said.

Tuesday afternoon another 3 year old was found dead, after being left in a hot car.

It was two o'clock when police were called to the Heritage Manor Nursing Home parking lot. inside a car, police confirm they found the body of a three year old girl. police say the mother is an employee at the nursing home.

"You never should leave your baby in a car," Fontenot said. " The temperatures are really hot and it results in something like this."

It's unclear how long the child was in the car, who made the discovery and police would not comment if anyone is facing charges.

This is the second three year old to die in less than a week in Ville Platte. Myles Patrick Soileau was hit by a car on Rollins Road.

Both cases, taking a toll on the city.

"We're dealing with a loss right now as town, but hopefully we come together," Fontenot said. "I definitely feel for the mother. I'm sorry for your loss and we as a community will do everything we can to help you with your family."

State police are also investigating the incident.

Ville Platte Police Chief Neil Lartigue has confirmed that a three-year-old child died in a hot car this afternoon.

The child was found in his mother's car at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, where she works.

We have a team on the scene and will have more at 5 p.m.


The Ville Platte Police Department has confirmed that a three-year-old child died after being left in a car on Tuesday.

According to a release from VPPD Chief Neal Lartigue, at approximately 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, officers with VPPD responded to a report of a child left in a vehicle in the 2000 block of West Main Street in Ville Platte. Detectives were dispatched to the scene to begin an investigation.

Lartigue confirmed to The Ville Platte Gazette on Wednesday afternoon that the little girl had in fact died and that Louisiana State Police (Troop I) would be taking over the investigation.

KATC-TV in Lafayette reported on Tuesday night that the child’s mother worked at Heritage Manor Nursing Home (which is located in the 2000 block of West Main Street).

The young girl who died has since been identified as Addyson Bertrand and Facebook has been filled with outpouring for the family.

Chasessica Basco posted on Wednesday afternoon that a candelight vigil is planned for Thursday night after ball games at the Pine Prairie ballpark around 7:30 p.m. Residents are asked to bring candles/flashlights/purple balloons, as purple was Addyson’s favorite color.