Rape charge dismissed in toddler death case

State prosecutors have dismissed an aggravated rape charge against Landon Broussard, a 24-year-old Lafayette man accused of beating his girlfriend’s son to death in 2012.

Landon Broussard (Photo Credit: The Daily Advertiser)
Landon Broussard (Photo Credit: The Daily Advertiser)

They will instead introduce the evidence against him when he faces trial for first degree murder of the victim, 3-year-old Julian Madera, next summer, according to court documents.

Fifteenth Judicial District Assistant Attorney William Babin signed the motion to dismiss the aggravated rape charge in August.

Evidence of the charge is included in the Lafayette Parish Coroner’s report. Investigators found more than 25 injuries on the boy’s body including a torn ear, a split lip, swollen eye and abrasions on his genitals.

According to the autopsy report, Madera died in November 2012 from severe blunt-force trauma.

Broussard was indicted March 27, 2013. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Madera’s mother, Laura Smith, pleaded guilty last year to one count of cruelty to a juvenile.

Authorities allege the boy was abused for a length of time before the day Broussard brought him naked and unresponsive to his grandmother’s house. During an interview with detectives, Broussard blamed a fallen door for the child’s injuries.

He is being detained in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

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