Sheriff: Mother’s boyfriend admits to beating 1-year-old girl to death in LaPlace
LAPLACE, La. (WVUE) - A LaPlace couple has been arrested after a 1-year-old girl was found dead, according to St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre.
Tregre says officers responded to a call of a juvenile not breathing on Sun., Dec. 11 around 9:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Revere Drive.
The child was found unresponsive in a bed and first responders were unable to detect any vital signs. The parish coroner pronounced the girl dead at the scene.
Officers and medical personnel reported seeing bruising to her face and other parts of her body.
An autopsy found the baby suffered from several severe injuries to her head and body. The parish coroner determined the cause of death to be homicide by blunt force trauma.
The child’s mother, Keaura Dillon, and her boyfriend, Renard Robinson, both 23, were arrested on Monday.
Officials say Robinson admitted to beating the young girl because she wouldn’t stop crying, which caused her to lose consciousness and eventually led to her death. Sheriff Tregre called the crime horrific.
“The child would not stop crying, (Robinson) stated, so he took the child and slammed the child on the floor of the apartment complex multiple times,” Tregre said. “He also struck the child on the bedroom posts of the bed and put the child back in bed.”
Neighbors tell Fox 8 the couple were only living there for a short period of time. The arrest reports from the sheriff’s office list a Kenner address for Robinson, and a Baton Rouge address for Dillon.
“It’s a sad situation that you got people that wanting kids, can’t have kids. And when you hear stories like this, it’s a shame that some people have to actually go through this and experience this,” one neighbor said. “I’m talking the little kids, innocent coming into the world, and they shouldn’t have to deal with that.”
Robinson was booked with second-degree murder and is being held on a $300,000 bond.
Robinson reportedly told detectives he told Dillon about what happened before they called 911.
“It’s going to stick with and remain with my officers, probably the rest of our careers, the rest of our lives. It’s just a bad situation,” Tregre said. “This is just -- it’s not a good time ever -- but this is Christmas time, which makes it that much worse.”
Dillon was booked for accessory after the fact to second-degree murder. She is being held on a $190,000 bond.
Tregre said the investigation already includes trips with the 1-year-old to local doctors’ offices to be treated.
He added another child was in the home, a 4-year-old boy. The boy has been removed and placed into protective custody.
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