Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 8:30 am.
Last updated on: November 20, 2022, 08:30.
One person was found dead at the Paragon Casino Resort in Louisiana on Friday morning. The death comes less than two months after another body was discovered on the playground.
The man was found in a hotel room. What led to his death is unclear. He was reportedly identified as Jacob Paul, 40.
Toxicological tests performed
Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology tests. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Police Department is investigating Paul’s death.
In a statement from Paragon Casino Resort, officials said they were “saddened by the recent death… As always, the safety of all of our guests is our primary concern and our thoughts continue to be with the family and friends of the deceased at this time.”
In both deaths, an initial autopsy found that neither person died from stabbings or gunshots. Avoyellestoday.coma regional news site, reports.
It was on October 3rd that the body of Giah Barrere, 17, was discovered on the hotel grounds. Officials have yet to determine the cause of her death.
After her death, a 21-year-old was arrested. The accusation is failure to provide assistance.
The suspect has been identified as Alexis Noel Dauzat, 21, of Marksville, La. CALFa local TV station, reported.
Louisiana law requires anyone in an emergency to render “reasonable assistance” to someone who “has suffered serious bodily harm.” This means seeking or reporting the need for medical assistance.
Tunica-Biloxi Police Chief Harold Pierite, Sr. said additional charges and arrests are “foreseeable” in her death.
The Paragon Casino Resort opened in 1994. The gaming complex Marksville, La. is about 88 miles northwest of Baton Rouge.
drugs, mental health
After the teenager’s death, relatives revealed that she was struggling with drugs and mental health issues.
It worries the family especially because Barrere was unable to get help for her personal problems because there were no youth welfare centers in central Louisiana. CALF reported.
“It’s a parent’s worst nightmare,” Donna Barrere, Giah’s mother, was quoted as saying CALF. “I don’t want someone else’s parents to have to go through what I’m going through.”
Avoyelles District Attorney Charles Riddle agreed more resources are needed to help teenagers. “We saw them commit suicide. We’ve seen them overdose. And we’ve seen them go to violent crime,” Riddle said CALF about support services for young people.
There are no rehabilitation centers nearby, he added. A proposal to build a center to help teenagers before they are sentenced is currently before the Louisiana legislature.
The 32-bed facility was proposed for the town of Pollock in Grant Parish. It would help those teenagers struggling with drug addiction or emotional problems, officials said.
As suggested, patients would receive counseling during a one or two month stay. They could also continue to go to school during their stay in the center. To date, $1 million has been approved for construction. It should receive full funding by October next year, Riddle said.