Mystery surrounds death of baby reportedly snatched from home by strangers, later found burned to death

Authorities in Louisiana are investigating the death of a 6-month-old boy who was allegedly kidnapped at random from his Natchitoches home and later burned to death.

According to the Natchitoches Police Department, authorities received a call around at around 9:10 p.m. on July 17 from the mother of the infant, who claimed two strangers started knocking heavily on her door at her home, at the Mayberry Mobile Home Park, off of Highway 1 in Natchitoches.

The mother, whose name remains disclosed, said when she answered the door, the attackers began spraying her in the face with what she thought was mace. She fled the residence in a panic, leaving her baby behind. When she returned to the home, the baby had been taken.

Kidnapping leads to homicideAt approximately 9:10 p.m. on July 17 NPD received a 911 call in reference to a 6 month…

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Numerous law enforcement agencies, including Natchitoches PD, Louisiana State Police, Northwestern State University Police Department, and the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office began searching the area for the baby. They discovered the baby with severe burns on his body a little after 10:20 p.m. when Kanika Johnson called in to report a fire off of Breda Avenue, a few blocks from her home, KALB reports.

“I called the police because I thought some kids started a fire and I didn’t want it to spread,” Johnson said.

Authorities rushed the infant to a local medical center. He was later airlifted to University Health in Shreveport, where he later died.

The baby was the only child of the mother. CrimeOnline spoke with Captain Payne with Natchitoches PD, who said at this time there is no information on the case. A description of the reported suspects is not available at this time.

Detectives are still investigating the incident and urge anyone with any information to contactNatchitoches PD at 318-325-8101.

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