Abandoned child, possibly more

Janelia Jean-Louis is 3 years old. On Thurs. night a woman saw her being tossed from a vehicle. Janelia told family members a horrific story. She told them that her father Benave Jean-Louis killed her 22-year-old mother, Renose Jean Baptiste. She told that she watched her father cut her mother's clothes off, throw her in the garbage, throw away her shoes and her phone and left her.

Mrs. Baptiste worked at Taco Bell and so did her brother. He says that his sister didn't show up for work.  

Police say the child's statements are very graphic and they believe them to be credible. Neither Mrs. Baptiste nor Benave  Jean-Louis have been located. Their car was located in the parking lot of a hotel near their home. The couple had recently broken up, and were living separately. Family members were able to talk with Jean-Louis by phone, but he did not give them any information about Baptiste.

Police have towed the car and are looking at it for any evidence. They haven't named Jean-Louis as a suspect as yet, but they do want to talk with him.

http://www.local10.com/news/8441737/detail.html

If the child's claims are true (and I usually tend to believe a child) this father not only killed her mother, he allowed her to watch him throw her out like trash. Then he dumped her out on the street.

Janelia is young, she must have pretty good verbal skills for a child of that age. And while many kids don't remember things from that age, this child most likely will. The picture of her father killing her mother, and then treating her like garbage will most likely be something she will always remember.

I am sure this family is trying to hold it together to help authorities to find Janelia's mother in any way they can. And to try to help Janelia get through this with as little trauma as possible. But can you imagine the strain they are under, hoping the child is wrong, yet so very fearful that she isn't? Hoping that Jean-Louis will call back, yet having to temper their conversations with him, in order to gather as much information as possible for the police?

For the community, she worked at Taco Bell. Her brother works at Taco Bell. She would normally come into contact with a lot of people in a day. Likely, her friends and customers are on edge over the news. Possibly some are in shock or starting to grieve.

I hope that the child was wrong. Yet, I fear she is not.

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Bloodstains found in car. Jean-Louis had sold the car. He had spent the night in the hotel, was last seen with a bandage on his arm. Slideshow of photos at the link include photos of the little Janelia.

http://www.nbc6.net/news/8457249/detail.html

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/14256226.htm

 Jean-Baptiste and Jean-Louis reportedly were in an argument in the street on the day that they disappeared. Police were called, but did not file an incident report. It has been reported by a travel agency that Jean-Louis may have purchased a ticket to the Dominican Republic from a travel agency in Florida City. Police have not confirmed that information.

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/14298944.htm

DCF caseworkers had removed Janelia and her three siblings from the aunt's custody. The reason why was not disclosed in the article. When it got to court the judge appeared to be upset about their removal and ordered three of the children to be returned to the custody of their aunt immediately. Custody of the fourth child went to her biological father. It is reported that little Janelia has been suffering from nightmares since the disappearance of her mother.

http://cbs4.com/topstories/local_story_097201615.html

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True Crime Carnival No. 18 is up

True Crime Carnival No. 18 is up this week at CLEWS, The Historic True Crime Blog. (She was very nice and picked up a story for me, since I forgot again). While you are there, take some time and read some at her blog. She has an article up in memory of Jesse James that can't be missed.

http://laurajames.typepad.com/clews/

That cool graphic that goes with the Carnival, was designed by Harding at T.O. on Crime. http://tocrime.blogspot.com/ Once I figure out how to post it, I'll start using it too.

Parents have a responsibility to their children

From the time children can crawl, they are curious. They are also smart. They will find, finger, chew or, or play with anything that you don't want them to have. And the age of the child doesn't seem to matter, because the older the child, the higher they can reach and the more likely they are to use something to stand on to reach high places.

Two stories tonight, siimiliar yet with some differences.

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Laytoya Dixon has been charged with felony murder after her child swallowed crack cocaine and died Sat. Police believe the mother was present when the 2 year old swallowed the cocaine.

Allegedly, the cocaine did not belong to Dixon, and allegedly she is not a drug user. But because the cocaine was present in her home, and because of the child's death she will face charges of murder, possession of cocaine, contributing to the death of a minor and child cruelty.

http://pub2.bravenet.com/news/92920030/60980/1

A seven year old girl is being treated in a hospital after an injury to her leg.

On Sun. she found her father's .45-caliber Glock  in her father's bedroom and ended up shooting herself in the leg. Her twin sister and her father were also in the home at the time of the shooting. The father rushed the little girl to the hospital, and police were called. No charges have been filed as yet, but police say the incident is still under investigation.

Police served a search warrant on the home, and in additon to the .45-caliber Glock, they found a shotgun and a Chinese made SKS assault rifle. The assault rife had been previously reported as stolen in 1998.

http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060404/NEWS01/604040312/1002

Children don't know. They don't have the experience to know that they shouldn't be playing with guns or drugs. To a child, drugs often look like candy, or they are something they have seen others use, and they will try to mimic them.

A gun is what they see on TV or have seen their parents handle, so again the mimic, thinking that they know to handle it.

It is the parents job to make sure that anything that can be detrimental to a child is secured away from them. Drugs (including medication) and guns if you have to have them should be placed in a locked area where children cannot get to them. Additionally, they make trigger locks for most guns. Guns should always be unloaded when a child is in the home.

Both guns and drugs are known hazards for kids. Even if the kids are just visiting, please make sure that child hazards are secured and inaccessible to the children.