Babysitter charged with murder in New Orleans infant’s death
Published 3:47 pm Wednesday, March 9, 2022
A babysitter has been charged with murder in the death of a 6-month-old boy she was watching in New Orleans, police said.
Keriaon Smith, 19, was previously arrested on a cruelty charge but was re-booked for second-degree murder Tuesday after autopsy results ruled the child’s death to be a homicide, according to a news release from the New Orleans Police Department.
The infant was found unresponsive March 5 while being cared for by a family friend, who was later identified as Smith.
Emergency medical services personnel found that the child had numerous injuries and wasn’t breathing, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Smith had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.