A father has been arrested after allegedly killing his young child.
According to Zachary Police Chief David McDavid, Fabian Smith, 33, killed his 11-month-old child Saturday.
Zachary officers responded to a welfare check shortly around 1:45 p.m. in the 3400 block of Hancock Street. Officers found the 11-month-old unresponsive, and the baby was pronounced dead at the scene, Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said on Sunday afternoon.
Smith has been charged with first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to juveniles.
Police Chief McDavid said Smith was the only adult in the home at the time. Smith locked two other young children out of the house. When the children came back in, they found the baby unresponsive and began to scream “the baby is dead.”
The two children reportedly went to a neighbor for help. That neighbor rushed over to the house to check on the unresponsive child, at which point investigators said Smith told the neighbor “call 911, I messed up.”
During a Sunday afternoon press conference, Chief McDavid said, “My heart and our prayers go out to the family.”
Chief McDavid said a knife and a firearm were also found on the scene.
McDavid said that the mother of the child has not been notified.
An autopsy is being performed on the child to officially determine the cause of death.
McDavid stated that this case has been especially difficult for his Police department.
“These men and women going to the scene, they have young children,” Chief McDavid said of his first responders. “You go on this scene and see this much senseless brutality to a little child of God, it’s hard to comprehend.”