Mercer claims the little girl's death could have been prevented if earlier signs of abuse would have been investigated. KSLA News 12 spoke to Mercer's attorney, who says though she's seeking monetary damages, that's not the true purpose of the suit.
The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office has rejected a request for comment on the suit - and a request for a copy of the December 9, 2010 police report, "Because of the upcoming court proceedings in the case and the pending lawsuit," according to Lt. Bill Davis. "Our ultimate objective for this matter is that justice prevail for young Anna Celeste, and we don't want to do anything that would jeopardize that during the adjudication process."
The Department of Child and Family Services has also declined to comment. According Communications Director Trey Williams, "State law prohibits us from speaking publicly regarding child abuse investigations and it is the policy of DCFS not to comment on pending litigation, but will wait until the appropriate time in court to relay the facts around this tragic case."
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:00 AM EDT2013-05-25 15:00:12 GMT
DALLAS (WFSS/CNN) – There's a new trend in the bar scene that involves your favorite hard liquor and dry ice. Breathing in the alcohol vapors gets you buzzed fast and some say you don't ingest any emptyMore >>
There's a new trend in the bar scene that involves your favorite hard liquor and dry ice. But doctors say it's dangerous. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:59 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:59:20 GMT
(CNN) – Brad Pitt has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood the last two decades. But the actor said recognizing other people's faces has always been a problem. In an Esquire interview,More >>
In an Esquire interview, Brad Pitt said he was convinced he suffered from "face blindness."More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:44 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:44:25 GMT
TAMPA, FL (WTSP/CNN) – Authorities in Tampa, FL, made a startling discovery during a foreclosure eviction. Police found 66-year-old James Hopkins living on the property that belonged to someone else. TheyMore >>
Authorities in Tampa, FL, made a startling discovery during a foreclosure eviction.More >>
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:14 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:14:25 GMT
A copy of a daily journal Allen's mother says her son kept, documenting school bullying
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. More >>
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. Now, she's speaking out in hopes of putting a stop to what she claims is an ongoing problem in the tiny McCurtain County town of Smithville, OK.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:24 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:24:18 GMT
Concealed weapon permits are popular certain parts of Louisiana, though some of locations may surprise you. Louisiana Department of Public Safety officials gave a report to state legislators detailingMore >>
Concealed weapon permits are popular in certain parts of Louisiana, though some locations may surprise you.More >>
The findings of a KSLA News 12 special report on the effectiveness of protective orders caught the attention of our viewers last November, and now it's catching the attention of state legislators.More >>
Funeral services have now been set for the Ark-La-Tex teenager killed Wednesday in a fiery wreck, as she returned home from college. And now authorities have released 911 calls from the scene of the tragedy.More >>