Motive? He’s a sick demented animal who is a waste of life. He’s taking up valuable space where a decent human being could be.
Zachary, LA — Police say an 11-month-old boy was found dead at a Louisiana home and the baby’s father faces charges.
Zachary Police Chief David McDavid told The Advocate that 33-year-old Fabian Smith was arrested Saturday on one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in the death of Jericho Smith.
Jericho had stab wounds across the forehead and signs of blunt force trauma to the back of the head. The child was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators found a knife and firearm inside. Autopsy results will determine if the firearm was used.
Smith was the only adult home during the incident, but at least two other children were temporarily locked outside. One child alerted a neighbor that something was wrong.
The neighbor then found the baby unresponsive inside a bedroom. McDavid said Smith told the neighbor: “Call 911, I done messed up.”
McDavid said the scene left first responders with heavy hearts.
“This was a senseless killing of a child of God,” he said. “And I’ve been there before. You go home and cry. I’ve been there. I’ve seen it happen.”
Neighbors have been equally distraught by the incident.
“As a mother, the first thing I thought was how horrible that is for a mother to have to endure that kind of loss,” neighbor Emily Branton said.
Police don’t know a motive. An investigation is ongoing.