Lafayette mother charged with negligent homicide after son’s death


SCOTT, La. (KLFY) — The 75-year-old mother of a Scott man who died June 17 after suffering a massive stroke has been charged with negligent homicide.

In addition, the victim’s 50-year-old girlfriend was also charged with negligent homicide, a press release states.

According to Police Chief Chad Leger, an investigation began when the family of 40-year-old Michael Hebert contacted police saying that his death seemed suspicious.

An investigation found that five days prior to Hebert’s death, when he began to fill ill, Barton contacted the victim’s mother to come over and help. But over the next several days, his health deteriorated and he became comatose and unresponsive.

He did not get medical care for several days, Leger said, until a neighbor called 911 after going to the home and seeing his condition.

Barton was arrested and charged with negligent homicide and theft by shoplifting.

She has a bond of $52,500.

Hornbuckle was also arrested and charged with negligent homicide, possession of schedule II drugs, two counts of possession of a legend drug without prescription, possession of schedule IV drugs, and distribution of imitation CDS.

Her bond was set at $55,000.

A warrant, Leger said, has been issued for Kelly Keeling for negligent homicide in connection with the incident.

Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to contact Scott Police at (337) 233-3715 or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS.


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