Baton Rouge, LA

Infant fatality in police shootout

Amy Christie

The boy’s mother and her nephew were found dead by police officers after a domestic dispute and shooting were reported. A manhunt followed during which the baby became a human shield.

A father used his three-month-old son as a way to protect himself during a police shootout in Mississippi, according to WALA-TV.

How did the tragedy come about?

It all started out as a domestic fight in Louisiana. The Sheriff’s Office in East Baton Rouge responded to a reported shooting on Monday afternoon. The officers subsequently found two dead at the location: Christin Parker and Brandon Parker, her nephew.

A search was launched for Eric Derell Smith, Christin Parker’s ex-boyfriend

Their three-month-old son was also missing, who was identified as La'Mello Parker by Louisiana news organizations, based on the WALA report. Smith was thought to have abducted the little boy.

Biloxi police joined in to help

After the suspect had been spotted on Interstate 10 heading east and nearing Gulfport, a slow-speed chase began with the Biloxi police adding their support. The suspect drove into the grass median between the Gulfport and D’Iberville exits.

What happened next?

A shootout followed during which Smith died. The infant was taken to the University and South Alabama University Hospital and later transferred to Children's and Women's Hospital, where he died.

All residents in the East Baton Rouge neighborhood are shocked that such a thing could happen.

"This has never happened before … We've been here over 11 years and have never had a murder ... happen on this street. My heart goes out to her family, her children. We are praying for them.", Kenneshia Cain said for WALA.
All hearts go out to the baby’s four siblings. "So, it's mainly about the kids, how they feel about it. That's the way everybody ought to look at it. Because it's a real rough thing.", Jamal Johnson told the station.

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