An 11-month-old Zachary boy allegedly shot, stabbed and beaten to death by his father in October had gunshot residue on his head when police found him in his dad's home, the lead detective in the homicide investigation testified Thursday.
Zachary police detective Enoch Sims' disturbing testimony came during a bond hearing for Jericho Smith's father, 33-year-old Fabian Smith, who has been booked on first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to juvenile counts but has not been formally charged.
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State District Judge Bonnie Jackson ordered Smith held without bond after the conclusion of Thursday's hearing.
East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Will Jorden said outside the courtroom that no decision has been made whether to seek the death penalty in the case. Jorden said he hopes to present the case to a parish grand jury by late January or early February. The investigation is ongoing, he added.
Baton Rouge Capital Conflict Office attorney Laurie Tate, who represented Smith at the hearing, declined comment afterward. Tate had asked the judge to set a bond for Smith until he is indicted.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office has determined the toddler died of multiple gunshot and stab wounds, and blunt force injuries.
Sims testified that Jericho was found in the master bedroom Oct. 14 with gunshot residue around his face. He had been shot in the head and neck, the detective said.
Gunshot residue on the skin is a sign that a gun was fired at very close range.
Smith, who was at his Hancock Street home when police arrived, told a neighbor, "I messed up. I messed up. I messed up," Sims testified, adding that Smith was the only adult at the house at the time.
The child's mother was at work when her husband allegedly killed their baby.
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Sims said he spoke with two of Jericho's siblings, a 9- and 2-year-old, outside the house when he arrived at the scene.
"I can tell you everything that happened," Sims recalled the older sibling telling him. The detective said the 2-year-old told him, "My daddy killed the baby!"
Sims said Smith collapsed to the floor several times while being interviewed at an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office substation following the slaying. He was put on suicide watch at Parish Prison after making statements to a nurse at the prison, but Sims did not specify what Smith had said.
Zachary police officer Cothern Williams, the first officer on the murder scene, said he saw Smith walk out of the house and heard him say, "My baby, my baby."
Investigators found a gun and knife inside the home, authorities have said.