New Orleans officials plea for the public to step forward with information about toddler death

New Orleans officials plea for the public to step forward with information about toddler death
Photos provided by the New Orleans Police Department.
Friday, August 30, 2013 - 7:40pm

Police are searching for two persons of interest who are believed to be connected to the shooting death of a 1-year-old child and the critical injury of the toddler’s 18-year-old babysitter.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke at a press conference held by the New Orleans Police Department to announce the information. He said that police have only received one Crime Stopper tip regarding this incident.

“There are always witnesses,” Mayor Landrieu said. “And people know who did it.”

Although police do not know the identity of the individuals, they have released surveillance footage that shows two men walking in the area prior to the shooting.

The incident happened on Thursday, Aug. 29 at roughly 8:30 p.m. The 18-year-old victim was outside with the toddler when gunfire erupted. She and the child were struck, but she managed to run inside a nearby residence to call for help.

“We would ask the people of New Orleans to ask yourself, ‘what kind of a man would shoot a woman holding a child?’ That’s not the kind of person you want to protect and keep from law enforcement about,” Supt. Ronal Serpas, Now Orleans Police Department, said.

The toddler, Londyn Samuels, died shortly after arriving at the hospital. The babysitter was placed in critical condition.

“We talk a lot about the persistent violence, but when a young child is taken from us…this community has got to stand up with force and power and say this is completely and unacceptable,” Mayor Landrieu said. “The only way we’re going to stop the culture of violence in New Orleans is for the people of New Orleans to participate and say no.”

If you know anything about this incident or the individuals who are considered persons of interest, call Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111. The reward for information has been increased to $5,000 for information.

Click here to watch the full news conference on WDSU.


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