Girl, 12, is arrested for ‘murdering her six-month-old brother’ in New Orleans after the infant was found ‘not breathing’ at home
- A 12-year-old girl was arrested and charged with murdering their six-month-old sibling in the St. Charles Parish neighborhood of New Orleans, on Monday
- Police were called to a home on Sunday to reports of an infant not breathing
- First responders attempted to resuscitate the infant but were unsuccessful
- An autopsy ruled the infant’s death a homicide and the 12-year-old girl was arrested the next day after officers found ‘sufficient’ evidence at the scene
- Sheriff Greg Champagne declined to disclose to DailyMail.com the infant’s cause of death but said it ‘did not involve use of a deadly weapon’
- Champagne also declined to name the infant victim, citing concerns over identifying the 12-year-old and their family
- The 12-year-old girl is currently in custody at a juvenile facility
A 12-year-old girl has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in New Orleans in connection to the death of her six-month-old brother, police revealed Thursday.
Officers from the St. Charles Sheriff’s Department were summoned to a home in West Bank on Sunday, November 15, to reports that a six-month-old baby was not breathing.
Life-saving measures were performed on the infant but they were ultimately unsuccessful. The young boy was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards.
A subsequent autopsy later ruled the infant’s death a homicide, Sheriff Greg Champagne said in a news release.
Following an in-depth and ‘still ongoing’ investigation, Champagne said sufficient evidence was obtain by investigators to arrest the deceased infant’s 12-year-old sister for murder. The girl was taken into custody the following day, on Monday.
The incident was first announced by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office on Facebook on Thursday. Officers said they waited three days to reveal details of the case to protect the integrity of their investigation
Officers responded Sunday to a home in West Bank (West Bank Bridge Park above) to reports that a six-month old baby wasn’t breathing. Their 12-year-old sibling was arrested for murder the next day
Sheriff Greg Champagne declined to comment to DailyMail.com on the cause of the child’s death. He did however clarify it did ‘not involve the use of a deadly weapon’
In a statement to DailyMail.com, Champagne characterized the incident as a ‘tragic situation’, but declined to comment on the infant’s cause of death, noting only that the homicide ‘did not involve the use of a dangerous weapon’.
‘Due to sensitivity of both the victim and suspect being juveniles, we are unable to comment any further,’ he continued. ‘We have been in constant contact with the 29th Judicial District Attorney’s Office throughout the course of this investigation.’
The Sheriff’s Office declined to name the victim, citing concerns about inadvertently identifying the juvenile suspect and their family.
Champagne also declined to reveal what specifically led investigators to believe that the 12-year-old girl was responsible for the infant’s death.
The identify of the victim has not been released by police, citing concern doing so would identify the suspect and their family (file photo above)
Investigators obtained a warrant for her arrest on Monday and she was taken into custody later the same day.
The sheriff’s office waited three days to release information about the homicide because their investigation was still underway, department spokesperson Cpl. James Grimaldi told NOLA.com.
Investigators also wanted to make sure necessary notifications had been made to relatives, the court system and the St. Charles Parish District Attorney’s Office because of the sensitivity surrounding the young victim and suspect, he said.
As of Thursday, the 12-year-old girl is being held at an unnamed juvenile detention facility pending further court proceedings.
No further information is currently available in the case.