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.