Baton Rouge crime: A look at this weekend’s killings


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — From a pedestrian dying after a hit-and-run accident to a 1-year-old with bruises and a burn mark dying, another weekend in Baton Rouge has been marked by death and violence.

An unidentified woman, a baby and two men died Saturday, and a 7-year-old was injured from gunfire.

An Argument Turns Deadly

Saturday’s violence began when 28-year-old Malik Cox was shot to death around 3:37 p.m. on North 38th Street. Cox had reportedly gotten into an argument with his killer before that person shot him multiple times.

The killer fled the scene before police arrived, but witnesses provided information about the killer.

A suspect has yet to be named.

Driver Dies and 7-year-old is Shot

By roughly 4:17 p.m., a 33-year-old man and a 7-year-old were shot while inside of a vehicle on North Foster Drive.

The child sustained non-life threatening injuries, but driver Demon Sanders died at the scene.

Sanders had possibly been involved in a different shooting on North Foster Drive earlier in the day, and Baton Rouge Police detectives believe a group of men may had been following Sanders because of it.

Those with information on the shooting can call the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

Baby With Signs of Abuse Dies at Hospital

Officers from the Baton Rouge Police Department responded to a medical call regarding a baby around 11 p.m.

Upon arriving to 34-year-old Jonathan Dunn’s Peerless Street home, officers found an unresponsive 1-year-old girl with bruises and a burn on her leg.

The baby, Ja’Leah Fontenot, was pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital. Police arrested Dunn Sunday morning on charges of first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.

Unidentified Woman Dies in Hit-and-Run Accident

A pedestrian died after a hit-and-run accident around 11:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of North Acadian Thruway West.

The unidentified woman died at the scene.

Those with information on the accident can call the BRPD Traffic Homicide Division at 389-7819 or Crime Stoppers at 389-7867 (STOP).


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