UPDATE: Deputies identify toddler killed during overnight storms


UPDATE: The child who was killed when a tree fell on the RV she was sleeping in, is identified as Carli Ortiz. She was 20 months old.

The American Red Cross and friends in the community are working with the family to provide necessary assistance.

The Bossier Sheriff’s Office says much of storm’s damage was just north of I-20 near the Red Chute area. In particular, residents in Country Place subdivision in the Haughton area have numerous downed trees on the ground and on houses, as well as those areas to the east towards Highway 157 in Princeton.

The Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is working with the American Red Cross, as volunteers are in the Country Place subdivision assisting with any needs of the storm victims, to include possible sheltering. 

The Bossier Parish Police Jury crews are also developing a plan to help remove trees and debris from the neighborhoods.

“Please keep the Ortiz family in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the tragic loss of young Carli,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. “Our deputies worked diligently overnight alongside firefighters, emergency medical personnel and other first responders to check on and render aid to storm victims, and we will continue to work throughout the day to help others and ensure public safety. If you have any emergency needs or want us to check on an elderly, shut-in neighbor, or anyone else, please don’t hesitate to contact your Bossier Sheriff’s Office.”

A two-year-old child was killed when a tree fell through a recreational vehicle in Haughton.

Tree falls on RV in Haughton

It happened in the Hill Crest Mobile Home & RV Park on Highway 80 during the overnight storms.

Four adults and a 15-month old also in the RV at the time were not injured.

KTAL NBC 6 News reporter Zyneria Byrd spoke to a witness who described what he saw (below).

Deputies tell us there are no other reports of any injuries at the mobile home park. 

Lt. Bill Davis said there was also damage reported in the Dogwood Subdivision.

Bossier Sheriff’s Office also reports numerous downed trees on homes and in roadways throughout the parish, to include the Country Place and Dogwood subdivisions, as well as other locations in the parish, primarily in the northern region. Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputies also established incident commands at the Hill Crest Mobile Home & RV Park and Country Place subdivision.

Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is coordinating with the American Red Cross to provide immediate shelter for displaced families. Red Cross officials will also go through effected neighborhoods during daylight hours to offer additional assistance.

Sheriff Julian Whittington encourages residents to contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203 if you have any emergencies during this storm.

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