D.A., coroner meet to discuss Hudson case

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 8, 2003

VIDALIA &045; The Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s office summoned Coroner James Lee to a meeting on Friday to reconcile differences concerning the Eric Hudson case.

Hudson was a 5-year-old boy who died an unusual death last November. Hudson was found face-down in a pond near his Vidalia home.

Many physicians and pathologists have examined Hudson, but no definite cause of death has been found &045; that has been an issue of debate. It was initially believed the child’s death was accidental but as physicians and the coroner began to examine the boy, it appeared the boy was strangled and possibly sexually molested.

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Paul Scott, district director of the Office the District Attorney, said the meeting was called to establish communication with everyone involved in the case. Neither Scott nor Lee would give specifics about the meeting.

Scott, Lee, Judy Cullen from the Louisiana Attorney General’s office, who is also on the child death review board; and a Louisiana State police officer were present in the 2 1/2 hour-long meeting. &uot;I think a lot of things got misconstrued between the agencies,&uot; Scott said. He said that before, all communication was being done through the newspapers.

Lee said that he was shown at the meeting documentation that the Hudson case is being investigated as a homicide.&uot;It was good to see that,&uot; Lee said. But Lee said there are still some differences of opinion on one or two issues.

Scott has said that there are officials working constantly on this case

interviewing and giving lie detector tests. Dr. Steven Hayne, a pathologist who has examined Hudson, has recommended that another doctor examine the boy. Scott said he has an appointment to speak with Scott Benton, who works in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, about examining Hudson.