Tangipahoa Parish grand jury indicts Callihan, Cox in murder, kidnapping case

AMITE — A Tangipahoa Parish grand jury has indicted Daniel Callihan and Victoria Cox on four charges in connection with the murder of a Loranger mother and her three-year-old daughter.

Meanwhile, Callihan went before a Mississippi federal judge on Friday, June 21. He will not be fighting his charges, which clears the way for him to be transported to Louisiana to face the charges a grand jury indicted him with on Thursday, June 20. A date has not been set yet for when he will be extradited to Louisiana.

Callihan, 36, was indicted on two charges of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated kidnapping of a child, and one count of second-degree kidnapping. Cox, 32, was indicted on one count of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated kidnapping of a child, one count of second-degree kidnapping, and one count of being an accessory after the fact.

District Attorney Scott Perrilloux stated he is pursuing the charges in Tangipahoa because it is the “appropriate and legal venue.”

“This originated here, it involves local people here, and I feel strongly that this community deserves the right to have it ultimately resolved and decided here,” Perrilloux said.

Callie Brunett, 35, was found stabbed to death in her Loranger home last week. Her two daughters, ages three and six, were kidnapped, prompting a massive manhunt across two states.

Callihan and Cox were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, hours after the AMBER Alert was issued. During the arrest, law enforcement found three-year-old Erin dead, with police believing she may have suffocated. Her sister was found alive and physically unharmed.

With both Callihan and Cox charged with Erin’s murder in Louisiana, Perrilloux wouldn’t elaborate if he thought she was killed here or in Mississippi.

“I really don’t want to answer specific questions about the facts,” he said during a news conference. “We feel like obviously the investigation and the indictments that followed are appropriately charged. And we think that we have the sufficient facts to support the indictments.”

The indictments come as the family says their farewells to Brunett and her daughter Erin.

Callihan is currently jailed in Mississippi and faces charges there as well. Cox appeared before a Mississippi judge Monday. Both are charged with capital murder and sexual battery in Mississippi. Federal charges may also be forthcoming.

Perrilloux would not say when or if he expects Callihan and Cox to be extradited back to Louisiana.

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