The investigation into the March 24th pit bull attack that left a 4-year-old dead is still not complete because Houma Police have not yet interviewed the dog’s owners.
Mia DeRouen was killed by the family’s dog while she and her mother, Megan Touchet, watched television inside their Houma Highlands apartment, police have said.
The 2-year-old, 130-pound dog named Niko, which Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis described as a “monster,” was shot and killed by responding officers. Detectives have since looked into the dog’s genetic background and investigated allegations that it was abused.
Rabies tests on Niko came back negative. Steroid tests on the family’s other dog, 6-month-old Khloe, also came back negative. Steroid tests on Niko were not possible, Duplantis said.
The investigation is at a standstill because Touchet and her boyfriend, Kerry Dominique, the dog’s other owner, have refused to talk to detectives on the advice of their attorneys, Duplantis said.
“Charges are possible, but they still refuse to talk,” he said.
Legally there is nothing that can be done to compel Touchet and Dominique to speak with detectives , Duplantis said.
“We cannot force them to talk. They have an attorney and have exercised their rights to remain silent,” he said.
The Terrebonne Parish District Attorney’s Office has reviewed the details of the investigation, Duplantis said, but the agency is unable to consider charges until the police investigation is complete.
“There’s certain things that the Houma Police Department are doing that they haven’t completed yet. It’s all still under investigation,” First Assistant District Attorney Carlos Lazarus said.
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