Autopsy reveals Callie Brunett stabbed multiple times before children kidnapped; Suspect says “lethal injection is best” for what he did

LORANGER — The Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office confirmed to UWK that the autopsy of Callie Brunett revealed she died from “multiple sharp-force injuries,” which sources say were several stab wounds.

Callie Brunett’s father discovered her inside her home in Loranger on June 13, 2024, around 8 a.m., after the family reported her missing to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.


When deputies arrived at the trailer on N. Cooper Rd. in Loranger, they found Brunett dead in what officials described as a “brutal death.” They also learned that her two daughters, three-year-old Erin and six-year-old Jalie, were missing and allegedly kidnapped by Brunett’s ex-boyfriend, Daniel Callihan.

An AMBER Alert was issued around 12:30 p.m. on June 13, leading to a flood of tips to TPSO that Callihan was near Jackson, MS. There, officials found Erin dead and Jalie injured but alive. Callihan and a woman named Victoria Cox were both arrested.

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Both Callihan and Cox are charged with one count each of capital murder (first-degree murder) and one count each of sexual battery. As of Monday morning, they had not yet appeared before a judge to enter their pleas, and their bonds had not been set.

While being transported on Friday, Cox remained silent, but Callihan made several statements to reporters.

“Unfortunately, sober, no drugs in my system. I did it,” Callihan said allegedly confessing to killing Brunett.

When asked why he killed the child, Callihan replied, “I have no reason for what I did. All I know is I want to say I was sober and only on Lexapro. I’m also diagnosed with borderline multiple personality disorder, and I have not got to speak to a lawyer, and I’m on suicide watch, but I’m not suicidal, but I think it’s the Lexapro.”

Callihan said he “completely” regretted what he did.

“I would kill me. I have told them everything that I did, and I have agreed to not fight it. Speedy trial and the chamber, or whatever it is.” He added, “Lethal injection is the easiest thing for me.”

The bizarre exchange with reporters led to questions about whether Callihan was pretending to be insane.

“No, I’m not pretending to be crazy. Look me up in Region 8 borderline multiple personality disorder. You better look it up when you say ‘pretending to be crazy,’ I’m certified. I was only out of the mental house two weeks now.”

UWK has uncovered a criminal past for Callihan, including his own father’s arrest for killing a Denham Springs woman in 1990.

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