NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – Over four tragic days, three children, all under the age of three, have died at the hands of their parents, according to law enforcement across Louisiana. The incidents span the entire state, from Shreveport to Thibodaux.
Nevaeh Allen, 2, was reported missing by her mother in Baton Rouge on Friday, Sept. 24. After an extensive search, the child’s body was discovered in a remote area of Hancock County, Mississippi.
During the investigation, officials learned that Lanaya Cardwell allegedly punched her daughter in the stomach, causing her to fall and hit her head on a cabinet. The child died on the couch, according to Baton Rouge police.
Read more: New details released about Nevaeh Allen death + Mother, stepfather of Baton Rouge toddler Nevaeh Allen charged in child’s death
In a press conference on Sept. 29, police say they believe Cardwell’s boyfriend, Phillip Gardner, was responsible for disposing of the toddler’s body. They are now both facing second-degree murder charges.
In the opposite corner of the state, on the same day, deputies in Shreveport say 10-month-old Joshua Black and his 5-year-old brother were thrown from a bridge by their mother into Cross Lake.
Both children were recovered from the lake. Joshua was pronounced dead at the scene by marine patrol officers. The older brother was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Ureka Black, 32, has been in jail since Monday, facing one count each of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
Read more: Infant thrown from Louisiana bridge identified by coroner; funeral set
On Tuesday, Sept. 28, deputies in one of the southernmost parishes arrested Jake Guidry, 26, of Thibodaux, for allegedly killing his 11-month-old child, Zabria. Guidry allegedly told deputies he hit Zabria “too hard.” Lafourche Parish deputies found the child’s body in the rear cargo area of Guidry’s SUV.
Guidry is also facing a second-degree murder charge.
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