Grandmother gets low bail in toddler’s death

A magistrate commissioner set a low bail Friday for the grandmother arrested in connection with the accidental shooting death of her grandson, after a prosecutor said the toddler’s mother wanted Deonca Kennedy out of jail.

Magistrate Commissioner Jonathan Friedman set a $35,000 bail for Kennedy on counts of negligent homicide, child desertion and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. Friedman said he thought the child desertion count was a “strained” interpretation of the law but warned that the case was likely to proceed toward a trial.

Sleeping with a gun under the pillow, Friedman said, was like “leaving a poisonous snake in the bed with a 3-year-old child.”

Police said a gun owned by Kennedy, a security guard, went off while she was sleeping with her grandson in a New Orleans East home Wednesday. The boy, whom authorities have not named, died after being taken to the hospital. Kennedy herself received a graze wound during the shooting, according to police.

Several of Kennedy’s family members appeared in court, but they declined to comment on the case.

Rape of 12-year-old girl reported Thursday

A 12-year-old girl said she was raped by someone she knew in the 4700 block of Majestic Oaks Drive in New Orleans East about 4 p.m. Thursday, according to a police offense log.

LaPlace robber arrested, deputies say

St. John the Baptist Parish deputies said they arrested a man who punched a cashier and stole money from a LaPlace convenience store Thursday night.

Deputies said James Tolbert, 26, attacked the cashier at the Millet Food Center, 1525 Airline Highway, about 8:45 p.m. He was arrested after he abandoned his car and fled on foot, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Tolbert was booked on a count of second-degree robbery and is being held in lieu of $67,500 bail.

Two men stabbed in New Orleans

Two men were stabbed in separate incidents in New Orleans on Thursday, according to a police offense log.

About 4:30 p.m., police said, a man in his mid-40s was standing at Simon Bolivar Drive and Felicity Street when a man he knew as “Ray” came up. The two started arguing and “Ray” stabbed the man, according to police.

Another argument ended in a stabbing near Loyola and Washington avenues about midnight Thursday night, police said. Three men were drinking and smoking drugs inside a 25-year-old man’s house, police said. The resident started to argue with one of his visitors and ordered him out. A fight broke out around the corner, and the man was stabbed in the hand.

Man gets 20 years for heroin conspiracy

A New Orleans man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Friday for his part in a heroin conspiracy, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite.

Agents used wiretaps to unveil an operation moving bulk quantities of heroin to New Orleans, prosecutors said. Stanley Fulton, 40, was a drug broker who helped distribute the drug in New Orleans.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier sentenced him.

Woman robbed at gunpoint Thursday

A woman was robbed at gunpoint in the 1500 block of Canal Street about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, police said.

The victim was walking to her vehicle when a man with a bandana over his face ordered her to give him her purse, then fled lakebound in a four-door Honda or Toyota.

JPSO reports 4 burglary suspects booked

Four people involved in a home burglary in Terrytown earlier this month that preceded a deputy’s shooting at a suspect have been arrested, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said that Brandon Roche, 18, of New Orleans, and Timothy Kent, 18, of Gretna, along with two juveniles, have been booked on simple burglary and possession of stolen property.

Authorities believe all four of them, along with Equan Anderson, 19, were involved in burglarizing a house on Carol Sue Avenue on Jan. 4.

Kent was booked on Tuesday and Roche on Wednesday.

Anderson was spotted later that night and shot at by deputies while fleeing from them, authorities said. A police dog later helped deputies arrest him.

He also has been rebooked in the burglary.

Man stabbed Friday morning in Marrero

A man was stabbed in the 1100 block of Garden Road in Marrero. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reported the crime in an alert sent about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

It said his wounds were not life-threatening