Monday, October 29 2012 3:42 PM EDT2012-10-29 19:42:09 GMT
According to the Livingston Parish Coroner, the unborn baby who was cut out of its mother was accidentally cremated Friday. Just after 11 a.m. Tuesday, emergency officials were called to what they calledMore >>
According to the Livingston Parish Coroner, the unborn baby who was cut out of its mother was accidentally cremated Friday.More >>
Wednesday, October 24 2012 3:48 PM EDT2012-10-24 19:48:37 GMT
The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office says a 28-year-old pregnant woman has been stabbed in the abdomen and her baby cut out of her. Sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Steele says the woman survived the attackedMore >>
Investigators say a 28-year-old pregnant woman was stabbed in the abdomen and her baby cut out of her Tuesday. Her husband was arrested for the crime.More >>
WALKER, LA (WAFB) -
The family of a woman who suffered a horrible attack on October 23, 2012 is now talking about the tragedy that changed their lives and are asking for the community's help.
Just before Noon on that Tuesday, emergency officials were called to what they say was a gruesome scene on Milton Road in Walker, LA. Investigators say a 28-year-old Paula Reynolds was cut across her throat and her belly with a kitchen knife. Police say the suspect, Jeffery Reynolds, 31, the woman's husband, forcibly removed the unborn child from her womb. She was seven and a half months pregnant.
The small wood-framed house set in a quiet neighborhood off Milton Road was now covered in police cars and crime tape.
According to reports, Reynolds was found kneeling over the victim by emergency officials when they arrived at the home. He was arrested and taken to the Livingston Parish Jail on a $500,000 bond and charged with first degree feticide and second degree attempted murder.
Officials say Reynolds was combative during the arrest. A toxicology test was run on Reynolds, but the results have not been released at this time.
"It was just a surprise. When you don't see anything coming, what do you do," Donnie Agnew said.
Agnew, Paula's father, said his daughter was married to Jeffery for nearly ten years. "No signs of abuse or anything else."
To make matters worse for the family, the Livingston Parish Coroner reported that the unborn baby was accidentally cremated three days after the attack.
The coroner says the Livingston Parish Government does not maintain a morgue and has always relied on a private sector funeral home for morgue services. In a statement released by the coroner, they say a funeral home employee mistakenly removed and cremated the baby before an autopsy could be performed.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and the Louisiana State Police are investigating the details of the cremation and the local district attorney has been notified.
Livingston Parish District Attorney Scott Perrilloux says the cremation voids the possibility of upgrading the feticide count to one of murder. Previously, Perrilloux said that if evidence showed that the unborn baby had begun to breathe before it was killed, that the feticide count may be upgraded to murder.
However, Perrilloux said he believes the current counts against the suspect in the case can still be prosecuted.
Agnew said his daughter is making progress, but is facing the heartbreaking reality. The surgeries she still has to undergo are critical challenges in her recovery.
"She's got operations to have on her stomach and a lot of psychological help to get her through everything. So there's going to be numerous surgeries and a lot of help with her mentally to get through," said Agnew.
He said he and his wife have not left their daughter's side. He said they will be forever grateful to the men and women who came to his daughter's rescue.
"I would like to thank all the first responders from the Walker Police Department to the State Police, to Acadian Ambulance and medical staff at the hospital because without them she probably wouldn't be here."
As for when Paula might be able to return home, Agnew said it is a daily struggle. "She has a long road ahead of her and at this point I just don't know."
Agnew said his daughter was due on December 5. She was going to name the baby, Isaac.
The Reynolds family has opened an account to help with medical expenses. You can donate at any Capital One Bank under the Paula Reynolds Donation Account.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:14:24 GMT
There's a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck lodged on the east bank of the Pearl River, just below Interstate 20, in Rankin County. It is not clear how the truck got there, or exactly when.The truck was reportedMore >>
There's a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck lodged on the east bank of the Pearl River, just below Interstate 20, in Rankin County. It is not clear how the truck got there, or exactly when.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-06-19 01:47:49 GMT
Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman has turned in her resignation to Mayor Harvey Johnson and will retire from the police force in a matter of days. Chief Coleman, who has served with the Jackson PoliceMore >>
Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman has turned in her resignation to Mayor Harvey Johnson and will retire from the police force in a matter of days.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:12 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:12:52 GMT
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on theMore >>
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on the girl, even after she told him that she was in pain.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:31:40 GMT
Ridgeland police officers and Madison County sheriff's deputies have surrounded a house on Bryceland Drive in Ridgeland. Lt. John Neil with the Ridgeland Police Department says a resident called policeMore >>
Ridgeland Chief of Police Jimmy Houston said the standoff in Ridgeland is resolved.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:00:46 GMT
There is no such thing as sacred ground for some thieves. Two men rob at least four people at a Jackson church. Officer Colendula Green tells us around 6:22 Monday evening the group was standing outsideMore >>
There is no such thing as sacred ground for some thieves. Two men robbed at least four people at a Jackson church Monday night.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:42 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:42:49 GMT
Pearl police say they seized several pounds of marijuana after a Florida man was found smoking the drug in a restaurant parking lot. Matthew Leonard, 31, of Gainesville, FL has been charged with the intentMore >>
Pearl police say they seized several pounds of marijuana after a Florida man was caught smoking the drug in a restaurant parking lot.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 3:26 PM EDT2013-06-17 19:26:53 GMT
Jackson police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in south Jackson Monday morning. Few details are being released at this time, but Officer Colendula Green confirms one maleMore >>
Jackson police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in south Jackson and have identified both victims. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 1:11 AM EDT2013-06-18 05:11:50 GMT
A two-vehicle accident at the Highway 18 and Springridge Road intersection Saturday, resulted in at least one death. A one-and-a-half year-old died in the accident, according to Hinds County Coroner SharonMore >>
A two-vehicle accident at the Highway 18 and Springridge Road intersection Saturday evening resulted in the death of a toddler. Officials have made an arrest in the death.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:37:58 GMT
An accident that occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday on I-20 W. resulted in at least one fatality. The accident happened between Bovina and Flowers. A bystander told WLBT/WDBD the multi-vehicle accidentMore >>
A second person has died from a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 in Warren County Saturday.More >>
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