A call to 911 for an unresponsive baby resulted in a teen mom behind bars and charged for a gruesome murder.
Officers in Columbus, Ohio, as well as fire paramedics arrived at the home of Lachelle Martina Marie Anderson, 17, on Sunday after she made the call to 911. What started out as check-up on a baby ended with an investigation when the emergency responders realized the 1-year-old had been stabbed multiple times, reported Columbus Dispatch.
Lalanna Sharpe, her 1-year old daughter, was immediately rushed to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she was announced dead around 1:30 a.m.
Once detectives began questioning Lachelle, they realized they had enough information to charge the young mother with murder, according to Columbus Police Sgt. Jeff Strayer, supervisor of the third shift homicide squad.
“Through the process of investigation, we felt comfortable enough to charge her with murder,” Strayer told Columbus Dispatch.
Lachelle Anderson was charged with a delinquency count of murder, according to a police release.
Columbus police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis told reporters an autopsy on the baby was planned for Sunday.
“Any homicide is a tragedy, but for a baby to have her life brutally taken is devastating for her family, the community and our officers (both) on the scene and investigating this case,” Alex-Bouzounis said in a release to Columbus Dispatch.
Although a motive has not been announced, Lachelle’s neighbor, Ben Price, said he believed the child’s mother is suffering from a form of postpartum depression.
“She’s really a good kid,” Price told Columbus Dispatch. “These are good, God-fearing people.”