A baby died after being tossed against the wall for biting a man's leg, family says as police in Lousiana announce they charged the suspect with murder.
Police were dispatched to a home because of a medical call involving a 1-year-old in Baton Rouge on March 27 just before 11 p.m., authorities said.
Ja’Leah Fontenot, 1, was unresponsive at the time and had multiple bruises on her body, as well as a large burn on her leg, police said.
At the time, Fontenot was taken to an area hospital and was pronounced dead, WBRZ reported.
An autopsy was done on Fontenot and according to the coroner’s office, the child died from multiple blunt force injuries.
The family of Fontenot spoke with WBRZ and said that Jonathan Dunn, 34, is the father of one of the baby’s siblings. The baby’s aunt, Lona Sterling, said she repeatedly asked the baby’s mother to stop bringing Ja’Leah over there.
The aunt told WBRZ that Dunn “told the mother to stop bringing her over here because he was going to kill her."
Sterling also provided details about how the baby died.
"This is what the mother told me, his words were he got high and passed out," Sterling told the TV channel. "He felt something either bite or scratch him. He just slung it to the wall. How could you not know that's a baby. She was a big baby. How could you not know this?"
Sterling said Fontenot was a wonderful baby who was always smiling and constantly happy.
Dunn was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, authorities said.
He was denied bond on Monday and Baton Rouge Police said the case remains under investigation.
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