District attorney emphasizes reporting domestic violence following quadruple stabbing

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office public information officer Casey Rayborn Hicks said 29-year-old Dung Van Tran stabbed his wife, 8-month-old child, 9-year-old child and 10-year-old child Thursday night around 11 p.m. Authorities said he then stabbed himself.

Tran is charged with 4 counts of attempted murder and domestic abuse batter with child endangerment.

This incident did not turn deadly, but district attorney Hillar Moore said it could have.

"It can turn deadly. We've seen that happen this year 14 times," Moore said. 

Baton Rouge is seeing deadly domestic violence cases on an upward trend.

"We doubled the amount of domestic violence homicides this past year, which is significant and these are all preventable," Moore said.

He said signs of domestic violence can be spotted long before it escalates to this degree.

"The man wants control. He wants to be with this person all the time," Moore said. "He wants to look at their phone and needs to know where they are at all times."

Moore said those are the beginning signs. He said it often escalates to physical abuse. He stressed the importance of reporting these types of incidences before it gets out of hand.

"With domestic violence in the home, people generally know about that," Moore said. "Things have already occurred. Most families just don't talk about it. They don't report it to anyone."

He said victims of domestic abuse can call his office. They will help put them in contact with resources and provide them with a safety plan.



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