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Parents charged with 8-month-old's murder will remain jailed without bond

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BATON ROUGE - The parents of an 8-month-old who was beaten to death will not be allowed to bond out of jail, a judge decided Thursday. 

Both parents also appeared in juvenile court for a custody hearing Thursday involving their other children. Three were removed from the home and placed in state custody this week, the family told WBRZ.

The child's mother and father, Mary Williams and La'Dre Doucette, were arrested Wednesday on first-degree murder charges. 

Williams admitted to investigators that Doucette had physically abused the infant on several occasions, including punching the child because he wouldn't stop crying. She claims she didn't report the abuse out of fear of her boyfriend. 

An autopsy revealed their son had fractured ribs, punctured lungs and other major organ damage. Deputies also noted the child only weighed about eight pounds due to a "medical condition" when he was rushed to the hospital Monday.

De'Andre Doucette, the baby's uncle, said his brother initially told him that the baby's grandmother didn't burp the child.

"I actually thought he loved his child," Doucette said. "His children, when I come around that's the image he portrayed."

Doucette said his whole family is having a tough time wrapping their heads around what their loved one is accused of doing. 

"I love you, but I don't forgive you," Doucette said.

Workers with the Children's Advocacy Center said everyone has a role to play when abuse is witnessed.

"What I want everyone to know is if you see something, you've got to report it to law enforcement, DCFS," Sharon Pol with the CAC said. "Schools, report it to schools. You just have to do that. We don't go into people's homes to see what's going on."

The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned despite there being other children removed from the house, the Children's Advocacy Center is interested in getting them help since the abuse they witnessed isn't healthy. 

"That's why therapy is so important," Pol said. "Things are not their fault... How to cope with situations... And help keep them from being offenders."

If you know someone who is facing abuse, you can call the Department of Children and Family Services to report it. Their number is 855-4LA-KIDS.

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