Woman Suspected in Daughter's Murder Had Previously Tried to Give Children Away: Police

Jasmine Anderson, 24, is currently on suicide watch.
Rapides Parish Jail

Louisiana authorities are taking a closer look at the deaths of a father and his son after the boy's mother was charged with murder in her daughter's death.

Jasmine Anderson, 24, took her 5-year-old daughter, Audrey Lynn Chelette, to the emergency room on July 17 with a severe neck injury and doctors quickly determined the child was deceased, according to Alexandria police

Anderson said she and her daughter had been in a car crash, police said. But when officers went to attempt to find the site of the crash, they couldn't. Further investigation led to Anderson being charged with second-degree murder. 

But now officials are taking another look at the deaths of Anderson's 4-year-old son, Christopher Dawayne Chelette Jr., earlier this year and the boy and Audrey's father, Christopher Dawayne Chelette.

Christopher Jr. died in April after Anderson said he choked on a bottle cap, while Chelette died in 2016 after he allegedly hanged himself. 

“We are taking another look at our files and reviewing the previous incidents,” Cpl. Wade Bourgeois told People, adding that authorities are not reopening the cases just yet. 

Audrey's grandmother, Kendra Foster, told NBC News that Audrey's neck had a 4-inch slit on it, but her body showed no other signs of trauma.  Foster added that she believed Anderson had long seemed unstable and incapable of taking care of the children. 

"She was with them in their dying moments — all three of them — and none of them lived," Foster said of Chelette, Christopher Jr. and Audrey.

According to a 2017 police report obtained by NBC News, Anderson had previously tried to give her children away on the side of the road. She told officers at the time that  "she had been going through a lot of hardships in her life." She was hospitalized for treatment and later released following a psychological evaluation. 

Anderson is being held at Rapides Parish Jail on $500,000 bond, records show. She is on suicide watch and reportedly attempted to hang herself in her cell, though she survived.  

She has not yet entered a plea.

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