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'What any good human would do': Louisiana man helped save infant abandoned along highway


Luke Dufrene pictured with his girlfriend Alexis and her son Mason.

HOUMA, La. – Luke Dufrene said he saw something disturbing as he was driving to work Thursday evening.  

The 23-year-old Lockport, Louisiana, man said he was on his commute when he saw the driver of a vehicle “dropping a baby off” on the median of a highway.

“I looked back and he took off leaving the child there, so I flipped a U-turn in the grass to get to the baby,” Dufrene said. 

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office said a man abandoned an infant on the side of a highway in Raceland after physically assaulting the boy’s mother during an argument.  

Dillon Terrebonne, 27, was later charged with domestic abuse battery involving strangulation, child endangerment and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.  

Dillon Terrebonne

Authorities said they later learned the woman and her infant had been riding with Terrebonne while he drove her SUV.

After an argument broke out, Terrebonne stopped the SUV, got out and walked to the passenger seat, where he began striking the victim in the head and strangling her, police said. The woman managed to free herself and escape the vehicle.   

Terrebonne got back into the SUV and drove away, police said. He stopped after about a mile to detach the infant’s car seat from the back seat. With the baby in it, Terrebonne then placed the car seat on the road’s shoulder and continued driving.  


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