CRIME

St. Amant man dies in suspected drug overdose, ex-wife arrested

Staff reports
Vicknair, Lagrange

A St. Amant man died and his ex-wife has been arrested following an overnight drug binge, according to Ascension Parish Chief Deputy Tony Bacala.

Authorities responded to a possible drug overdose call early this morning at the Rosewood Plantation Apartments on Hwy. 431 in St. Amant, Bacala reported.

Cassidy John Curtis Vicknair, 29, originally from Reserve, was pronounced dead at the scene of a suspected drug overdose, according to Bacala.

He also reported investigators found a quantity of heroin, syringes, needles and a firearm at the location. Prescription medication was also found in the apartment, and may have been abused, Bacala said.

Vicknair's ex-wife, Regina Vicknair White Lagrange, and her 5-year-old daughter were present at the apartment, according to Bacala.

Lagrange allegedly confessed to investigators that she and her ex-husband had shot heroin intravenously during the night while her daughter was in the apartment, Bacala said.

Vicknair's body was transported to a local morgue pending an autopsy, the chief deputy said.

Lagrange, 30, of 10254 Hwy. 431, St. Amant was arrested on charges of child desertion, illegal possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a person under 17, possession of Schedule I controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal carrying of a weapon.

The Office of Child Services has taken the child into custody, Bacala said. 

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