3rd Update: Baby Burned Alive in Louisiana Jul 25, 2018 16:35:23 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Jul 25, 2018 16:35:23 GMT -5
Black Woman Charged with Burning White Baby Alive
NATCHITOCHES, La. – Police have arrested 25-year-old Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith (above right) and charged her with first-degree murder in connection with the burning death of 6-month-old Levi Cole Ellerbe. The child was abducted from his mother’s home and burned alive.
According to police, at approximately 9:10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, they received a 911 call about a 6-month-old baby’s being taken from a residence in the Mayberry Trailer Park. When officers arrived and spoke with the boy’s mother, Hanna Barker, she said two unknown subjects came to her trailer and began pounding on her door. When she opened the door, she was sprayed in the face with a substance she believed was Mace. In an attempt to escape her assailants, she ran outside and when she returned, her baby was gone.
At approximately 10:20 p.m., police received a report of a fire at the railroad tracks near Breda Avenue and when they arrived, they discovered the little boy, who had burns all over his body. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition and died the following day.
Kanika Johnson, who placed the 911 call concerning the fire, told Town Talk she didn’t think it was anything serious. “I just thought some kids might have set it on fire or something,” she said. “I had called the police and told them to hurry up and send somebody to put the fire out before it spreads.”
Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning told KEEL News he couldn’t divulge a lot of information, but confirmed the child’s murder wasn’t a random act. “This individual [Felicia Smith] had a relationship with the family,” he claimed, “and certainly had access to the child. We’re still vetting through those things, but it wasn’t a random act, which is important for us to put out. It certainly was an individual who knew the child and had access to the child.” He indicated he should have additional details within the next week.
The case has spawned significant outrage locally and nationally and residents of the mobile home park were shocked when they learned what happened.
The family laid the horribly mutilated little boy to rest Friday, July 20. “Levi was the happiest baby who always had a big smile,” a family member said. “He spent his time playing with siblings and cousins, especially outdoors ... Levi was a blessing to our family and everyone who met him. We will always remember him as our little ‘Chunky Monkey.’”
Sources: Leigh Egan, CrimeOnline; July 24, 2018; Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post, July 25, 2018; Katherine Rodriguez, Brietbart, July 24, 2018; KEEL 710 Radio; and Natchitoches Police Department.