Kiln man charged in death of toddler Autopsy showed abuse, trauma

By ROBIN FITZGERALD – rfitzgerald@sunherald.com

Roberts

A Kiln man is being held with no bond on a second-degree murder charge that accuses him of killing a 22-month-old girl in Pearl River, La.

St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s investigators arrested Andrew Roberts, 20, of Hayward Ladner Road, on Monday night.

Rubie Boland was removed from life support at Oschner Foundation Hospital Center in New Orleans on Friday, a day after her grandmother called 911 for help.

Dr. Peter Galvan, St. Tammany coroner, said the child died of child abuse/blunt-force head trauma and showed signs of having been shaken.

Sheriff’s Capt. George Bonnett said Roberts had been dating the child’s mother about three months and was baby-sitting while the woman was at work. Bonnett said Roberts took the child to her grandmother’s house next door and said the girl fell off the couch.

After the autopsy, Roberts admitted he repeatedly banged the child’s head on the floor while holding her upside down by her feet and shaking her, Bonnett said.

Louisiana law lists numerous circumstances for second-degree murder, including child cruelty without intent to kill. The maximum penalty is life in prison with hard labor and no parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/06/2080090/kiln-man-charged-in-death-of-toddler.html#ixzz0kPu2v1eD

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: