Second suspect arrested for kidnapping two Louisiana children and killing one of them

Wade told WJTV-TV that the suspect, a 32-year-old woman, is an acquaintance of a 36-year-old man who was arrested Thursday.

The woman was arrested at a South Jackson hotel as a result of a collaboration between multiple law enforcement agencies, the chief said. She was taken to the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond.

According to Wade, the 4-year-old was found dead in a wooded area, while her 6-year-old sister was found alive nearby and taken to a hospital in Jackson.

Wade said there was evidence of possible human trafficking where the children were found, including small animal cages, and Jackson police contacted the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and Hinds County Human Trafficking Divisions to assess the scene.

The first person arrested, a Louisiana resident who had dated the girls’ mother, was the suspect of an Amber Alert in Louisiana before he was arrested. Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said he was being held at the Rankin County Jail.

Louisiana State Police issued the alert after the girls’ mother, Callie Brunett, 35, was found dead in her home in Loranger, about 60 miles east of Baton Rouge. She was reported missing after no one had spoken to her since Tuesday, said Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jimmy Travis. A cause of death was not immediately released.