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VENTRESS, LA (WAFB) -
Authorities have arrested the parents of a 3-month-old boy after an autopsy confirmed the infant died of malnutrition.
Jason Lutz and Ashley Cogar are both charged with second-degree murder in the death of Joseph Lutz. They are from Ventress in Pointe Coupee Parish. Bond has been set at $500,000 each.
"That baby died at the hands of his parents," said Assistant District Attorney Tony Clayton.
The Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Office took the pair into custody around 9:30 a.m. Monday. Officials said the child weighed about 7 lbs. when he was born in Oct. 2013, but weighed 6 lbs. when he died. The autopsy revealed the baby died from malnutrition and starved to death.
"I don't know how to explain it other than that baby was in a horrible condition. His three months must have been hell on earth," said Clayton.
Clayton will take case to the Grand Jury in the 18th Judicial District Court on Friday at 9 a.m.
The baby was found dead at a home on Patin Dyke Road in Pointe Coupee Parish on Jan. 28, 2014.
The Department of Child & Family Services did take three other children who were at the home when the baby died. They range in age from 2-5. DCFS has since placed them into the custody of their grandmother.