A struggle ensued; her son, fearing for his mother's life, grabbed a hunting rifle and shot the burglar, according to Sheriff Jeff Travis.
First responders administered CPR to LeBlanc before he was rushed to Lane Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
"At this time, the East Feliciana Sheriff's office has no evidence — whether it be physical evidence at the scene or testimony from witnesses — that would incriminate the 12-year-old, and therefore, at this time, we have no plans to bring charges against the 12-year-old child," Sheriff Travis told The Advocate.
"I don't know what you tell a kid like that," he added. "I mean, that is such a horrific incident that I tried to put myself in that position this week, thinking when my children were 12-years-old, if they'd've had to do that, what would I have told them."
Two more people were charged in relation to the home invasion: Jonathan Barker was booked for second-degree murder, principal to aggravated burglary and principal to aggravated kidnapping. Although he wasn't involved in the shooting, anyone participating in a crime in which an accomplice was killed can be charged with their murder.
Jennifer Bond meanwhile was charged with accessory after the fact.
East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office
WAFB attempted to speak to several neighbors about the incident, but reported everyone was so nervous, none of them would appear on camera.
The investigation is still ongoing; the Sheriff's Office will present the details to the District Attorney, who will ultimately decide if the shooting was justified.
Sheriff Travis said he has remained in close contact with the mother; she said her son is doing okay, and she has reached out for professional assistance to help him deal with the trauma.
"The support of the family and the community, and the fact that the mother is understanding that he's going to need some treatment, and need to be able to talk to people," the Sheriff said, "and try to help him understand that he's a very normal person being put into a very abnormal situation."