METAIRIE, La. – Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office announces the arrest of a suspect in the death of a 15-month-old child.
Sheriff Newell Normand says 28-year-old Troy Kelly was arrested Friday night. Kelly has been booked with one count of First Degree Murder in the death of 15-month-old Semaj Batiste.
Kelly is the boyfriend of Alencia Batiste, the 27-year-old mother of Semaj Batiste.
The child was pronounced dead early Friday morning after EMS responded to a call from a woman who said the child wasn’t breathing.
Sheriff Newell Normand said responders to the scene pronounced the infant dead on the scene.
Normand said that an autopsy performed on the young child showed that he suffered blunt force trauma and internal injuries and the death was classified as a homicide.
After being questioned regarding the 15-month-old's death, Kelly told detectives he became angry over the infant's behavior while he was bathing Batiste and two of his siblings on the evening of February 20th.
Investigators say Kelly further confessed that he removed the child from the bathtub by grabbing him by the arm. Kelley then slung Batiste's body into the commode, causing the infant to strike his head and upper body.
Kelley admitted he realized the infant was severely injured, however he did not seek medical attention for Batiste, police say.