Police: In 2017, Jasmine Anderson 'wanted to give her children' to Buhlow Lake

Jasmine Anderson arrives at the Alexandria Police Department on July 23, 2019. (Source: KALB)
Jasmine Anderson arrives at the Alexandria Police Department on July 23, 2019. (Source: KALB)(KALB)
Published: Jul. 24, 2019 at 11:24 AM CDT
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News Channel 5 is learning new information from a troubling Pineville Police Department report, that on April 2, 2017, Jasmine Anderson told two passersby that she "wanted to give her children in the lake or river."

That information about the 2017 police report came to News Channel 5 via a viewer tip. Many people on social media have been asking if the murder of Anderson's daughter, 5-year-old Audrey Chelette, could have been prevented. And, the public is pushing for police to re-examine the April 23 death of Anderson's other child, 4-year-old Christopher Chelette, who apparently died from a choking incident.

On April 2, 2017, around 3 p.m., the Pineville Police Department was sent to the 1800-block of U.S. 165, a portion of the highway, not too far down the road from Buhlow Lake.

According to the police report, two people called police concerned about Anderson, who "seemed unstable" and the welfare of her two children.

In the report, Anderson apparently told them that she "had been going through a lot of hardships in her life." She also began talking about "religion and a new beginning." As it turned out, Anderson was listed as a missing person in Grant Parish.

The two callers told police that Anderson told them that she wanted to "kill herself" because it was "her time to go." She also stated that she "wanted to give her children in the lake or river and let it baptize them." One of the callers said that Anderson even tried to give her children away to him.

Police took Anderson to Christus St. Frances Cabrini's emergency room and the children were released to a relative. What happened after that is unknown, as it concludes the Pineville Police Department's end of the case which would have been then handed off.

We reached out to the Department of Children and Family Services to see if they could tell us if they made any prior visits to Anderson's home or as a result of an incident like that which occurred in Pineville. We received this statement from Heidi Rogers Kinchen, the public information officer for DCFS: "DCFS is bound by the confidentiality restrictions set forth in La. R.S. 46:56 and cannot comment on or acknowledge the existence of a possible abuse or neglect investigation involving a child."

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