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Mother and Boyfriend Allegedly Set 15-Year-Old Daughter on Fire, Shoot Her Multiple Times in Horrific Ordeal



A mom and her boyfriend are behind bars after they allegedly set her 15-year-old daughter on fire and then shot her twice in two days before driving about 300 miles from Louisiana to Texas
A mom and her boyfriend are behind bars after they allegedly set her 15-year-old daughter on fire and then shot her twice in two days before driving about 300 miles from Louisiana to Texas

A disturbing case unfolds as Latonya Ann Harris, 40, and Terrence Washington, 41, face charges of attempted first-degree murder and cruelty to a child after allegedly subjecting Harris's 15-year-old daughter to unspeakable horrors. The series of events began with a car crash on April 20 in Louisiana, where authorities discovered the young girl "badly burned, shot multiple times but still clinging to life." The Baytown Police Department's alert to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office revealed the grim nature of the crimes committed by Harris and Washington.


Upon the victim's arrival at the hospital, medical professionals were shocked to find gunshot wounds on the girl's face and chest, along with burns on her upper body. According to investigators, the injuries inflicted on the victim were described as the most severe one detective had witnessed in her entire career.


In a chilling interview with law enforcement, Washington reportedly confessed to shooting the victim during an argument with Harris at their Thibodaux residence. He also admitted to sexually abusing the girl for several months. Shockingly, the victim had been burned in February, and instead of seeking medical help, her mother had chosen to care for her at home.


In a harrowing revelation, the other child who was in the car during the crash reported waking up during the Mardi Gras season to witness Harris setting the 15-year-old on fire using rubbing alcohol and a lighter. The victim had also been shot on two separate occasions before the twisted journey to Texas.


A search of the family's home uncovered evidence of a weapon being discharged inside the residence, as well as blood evidence and a concerning odor suggestive of infection and decomposing flesh. In a subsequent interview, Washington reiterated his involvement in shooting the victim and implicated Harris in setting the girl ablaze, allegedly out of blame for Washington's sexual abuse.


Harris was arrested on May 9 and is being held on a $1 million bond at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex. Washington remains in a Texas jail, awaiting extradition back to Terrebonne Parish to face the charges against him. Sheriff Tim Soignet expressed gratitude for the apprehension of these violent offenders, emphasizing the extreme nature of the case.


This tragic saga underscores the heinous acts that can be perpetrated by individuals and serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safeguarding the vulnerable in our communities. It is a harrowing tale of abuse and resilience, where a young girl's strength in the face of unimaginable cruelty shines through as she fights for survival.

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