McDade is charged with four counts of second-degree murder, a case growing from her allegedly leaving four children under age 9 by themselves in Rayne while she went to a night club in Church Point.
The children died, according to the coroner’s report, of smoke inhalation when the house caught fire shortly before midnight April 21.
McDade, whose fifth child was staying somewhere else on the fatal night, is being held on $250,000 bond on each count.
Earlier in the week before the fire police took the kids to the station when they discovered them alone in what was termed a mix up between mother and grandmother.
McDade’s arrest was the second involving a woman charged with murder over the weekend.
Latonya Ismail, who was wanted in Lafayette Parish in a previous case allegedly involving cruelty to a juvenile, is being held currently without bond in the death April 21 of a one-year-old girl left in her care by a room mate. She is charged with first-degree murder. She was arrested Sunday
Also housed in the parish facility on first-degree murder charges is Daniel Prince, accused of the January 2005 killings of Angela Matte and Jackie Campbell in their Branch home.
A jury pool had been assembled for his trial last July when as yet undisclosed developments derailed it and it has languished in the system since.
In the interim, Prince has changed attorneys and has also been charged with smuggling contraband (marijuana, rolling papers and pornography) into the jail through an accomplice.
Prince was arrested in January 2007 after allegedly telling a fellow inmate of the murders and his burning of the house in an attempt to conceal the homicides.
He was in prison on another charge at the time.
Prince has been in the Acadia jail two years, with no bond set, awaiting trial.
Other accused killers awaiting judicial action are:
Nathaniel Bates, accused of the August 2011 shooting death of Brian LaFleur at Meadows Apartment Complex in Crowley. He is charged with second-degree murder and has been held on $350,000 bond since Aug. 26, 2011.
Jeffery “Froggy” Cart, accused of the January 2011 death of Bryan Alcock in a James Street house fire, one of two house fires allegedly started by Cart. He is charged with second-degree murder and has been held on $500,000 bond since Jan. 11, 2011.
Larry Jackson, accused of the May 2011 stabbing death of his girl friend, Latosha Johnson, following an argument. He is charged with second-degree murder and has been held on $750,000 bond since May 10, 2011.
Arlington Pailett, accused of the June 2011 stabbing death of Lucius George on North Avenue D. He is charged with second-degree murder and has been held on $750,000 bond since June 13, 2011.
Another inmate held in a homicide case is Joshua Jackson.
He was charged with vehicular homicide when a car he was driving in a high-speed flight from Rayne police crashed into another, killing Aaron Hamilton. Jackson has been held on $160,798 bond since Jan. 11, 2011.