BATON ROUGE, LA – A grandmother and mother have been arrested on murder charges for the alcohol-poisoning death of the mother’s 4-year-old daughter.
The child died April 21 after her grandmother allegedly forced her to finish off a bottle of whiskey after believing the child had taken a sip from the bottle, police said.
The Baton Rouge Police Department said the mother of China Record, 4, watched as the little girl was made to drink an over half-full bottle of whiskey, according to WGMB Fox 44.
The little girl’s blood alcohol level was .680 when police officers arrived at the family’s home Thursday morning, more than eight times the .08 legal limit for adults.
Roxanne Record, 53, the grandmother, and Kadjah Record, 28, the mother, both were charged with first-degree murder, police said.
Booking documents for the individuals state that they both became angry after China took a sip from the bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey.
Roxanne Record said the bottle was “over half full” when she forced China to drink the rest of it on her knees while her mother was present, according to documents
Police say that the mother was “present and failed to stop” the grandmother “from providing the alcohol,” adding that the child was placed in a bathtub and was unresponsive.
Police were dispatched about 10:50 a.m. Thursday to a house in the 12000 block of Wallis Street about an unresponsive toddler. Officers found the child dead, after Baton Rouge Fire and EMS personnel tried and failed to resuscitate her, according to booking documents for the grandmother.
After she was arrested, Roxanne Record allegedly said “this went too far,” and she “ruined everyone’s lives,” according to The Advocate.
One neighbor told WBRZ 2 that the street was filled with police who cordoned off the house. Neighbors said they had heard conflicting stories about what was happening.
Eventually, they learned the tragic news. The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said:
“That’s ignorance. All I thought of was ignorance. I’m a mother myself, and there’s no way I’m going to punish my child by (doing that). That’s like a child sticking a hand in fire and you say, ‘Oh, put it back in there to learn your lesson.’ No, that’s not how you teach a child.”
Emery Queen, China Record’s father, spoke to Fox 44 about losing his daughter. He said:
“We’re all hurting. Just a doll, an angel, and it’s hard. She has siblings and it’s going to affect them.”
“If you have a son or daughter, love on them tonight as much as you possibly can.”
Queen is raising money to bury his daughter. Click here to donate to the GoFundMe for funeral expenses.
Man arrested for allegedly shooting his one-year-old infant child several times
January 5, 2021
NEW ORLEANS, LA – A one-year-old infant is struggling for his life after having been shot allegedly several times by the father. The man is now in custody and there are no clear updates on the status of the infant.
ARRESTED: #NOPD today arrested Corey R. Davis (pictured) re: att. homicide on Jan. 1 at Decatur & Spain sts. Anyone w/additional info on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Child Abuse Unit detectives at 504-658-5267. #NOPDResults #Partnerships https://t.co/AtuJVsMx7l pic.twitter.com/kX9yjJCAi3
— NOPD (@NOPDNews) January 3, 2022
New Orleans Police Department responded to the University Medical Center after receiving reports of a one-year-old child having arrived with apparent gunshot wounds.
When they arrived, they met with the infant’s mother, who was not identified, reported to police that she was in the area of Decatur and Spain Streets near her boyfriend, identified as Corey Davis, when they began to argue.
The mother alleges that when she began to drive away from Davis, he fired three shots through the rear window of the vehicle she was driving.
The mother said she looked into the backseat and noticed that her young son had been hit in the head and thigh.
The mother allegedly stopped and told Davis what he had done who got into the vehicle and drove them to the hospital. Once there, Davis allegedly left the mother and the child and fled the scene.
Once the New Orleans Police Department identified Davis as the alleged shooter, the hunt for his location started with NOPD VOWS, the US Marshals Service, and the NOPD Child Abuse Unit.
Davis was not able to remain free for long and was taken into custody and charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, domestic abuse aggravated assault, aggravated criminal damage to property, felon in possession of a firearm, illegal use of a weapon, and theft of a motor vehicle.
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When Davis appeared in front of a judge he was ordered to be held with a bond of over $600,000.
This bond amount may increase if there are additional criminal charges identified throughout the investigation or his son dies from his injuries.
Shaun Ferguson, the New Orleans Police Superintendent, released a statement to the media praising the efforts of all of the law enforcement members who stepped up to locate and arrest Davis. He said:
“This is another unfortunate incidence of violence in our city that was found to be domestic in nature, and also where a child – in this case, a 1-year-old infant shot by his own father – was the victim of a tragic, senseless and violent crime.
As I’ve said before, practicing self-responsibility and implementing proper conflict resolution skills can help to avoid tragic situations like this.”
Police have not advised if they had any dealings with Davis or the girlfriend prior to this incident, however, it was noted that he may have had other felony warrants out for his arrest at the time of the shooting.
The New Orleans Police Department advises they are still investigating the case to determine what led up to the shooting and where Davis went to after the crime.
They are asking for anyone with any information that can lead to the conviction of Davis to contact their Child Abuse Unit at 504-658-5267.
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