Man with feces on face to be evaluated
A state district judge has granted a sanity evaluation request for a man who smeared his own feces on his face in court last week and later tried to hang himself.
Bryan Schwartz, 27, will be evaluated by two court-appointed psychiatrists to determine if he is competent to stand trial with his girlfriend and co-defendant Misty Eiermann, 34. Both are accused of beating Eiermann’s mother to death in Terrytown last year.
Marquita Naquin, of the Jefferson Parish Public Defender’s Office, said Schwartz “has exhibited behavior both inappropriate and abnormal while at Jefferson Parish Correctional Center and in court over the last week.” She said Schwartz, who tried to hang himself with his bed sheets in prison last week, is under suicide watch.
Schwartz created a disturbance in Judge Henry Sullivan’s courtroom when he managed to get some of his feces on his hand and rub it on his face. Bailiffs quickly escorted him out of the courtroom, and he was heard saying, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” a quote from the title character in the movie “Forrest Gump.”
The act that got Schwartz ejected from court has drawn comparisons to a scene in the 2001 film “Training Day,” in which a detective describes a man on trial doing something similar with peanut butter to get himself declared insane. In real life, however, determining competency to stand trial is a far more rigorous process.
Rafael Salcedo, one of the two doctors who will evaluate Schwartz, testified last year in the case of a man found not guilty by reason of insanity that professionals are trained to spot “malingerers” and that true mental illness is extremely difficult to feign.
Salcedo and Dr. Richard Richoux will report the findings of their evaluation to the court on April 29, according to court records.
Kenner man accused of shaking baby
A Kenner man was arrested Thursday and booked on a count of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after shaking his 3-month-old son so hard the child’s brain bled, police said.
Anthony Hamilton, 25, and his wife brought the child to Children’s Hospital at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday because he wasn’t keeping his formula down, Kenner Police Department spokesman Lt. Brian McGregor said.
Hospital staff diagnosed the brain bleeding and noticed the child had several older suspicious wounds — a fractured clavicle, more brain bleeding and puncture wounds from fingernails in his skin.
The hospital contacted Kenner police, who began questioning Hamilton.
Hamilton, who is the child’s primary caregiver while the mother works, first told investigators that he had lifted the infant’s feet up while changing him earlier that day and saw his eyes roll back into his head. But he said the baby responded when he pinched him, so he didn’t bring him to the hospital.
When confronted by investigators about the extent of the boy’s injuries, however, Hamilton told investigators “that he may have shaken the infant because he was nervous.”
McGregor said Child Protective Services has joined the investigation.
The child remains at Children’s Hospital; his status was unknown Friday evening.
Hamilton was in Jefferson Parish Correctional Center; no bail had been set.
Homeless man booked in fatal stabbing
New Orleans police arrested a 38-year-old man Friday in the stabbing death of his girlfriend.
Christopher Hutsell, who authorities said has been homeless, was booked on a count of second-degree murder after refusing to answer any questions about the killing, police said.
The stabbing happened about 11:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a McDonald’s at 3025 Elysian Fields Ave. Hutsell and his girlfriend were involved in an argument that escalated, police said.
“Moments later, Hutsell produced an unknown object and stabbed the victim in the neck,” Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman, said.
Hutsell fled the scene but was later spotted in the 2400 block of Elysian Fields.
The victim was taken to the hospital, where she died. Police said she also was homeless.
Man booked Friday in robbery of woman
New Orleans police arrested a man Friday in an armed robbery that happened near Xavier University.
Police said Cleve Baham, 49, held up a 42-year-old woman about 2:20 a.m. in the 7900 block of Olive Street. She was robbed of $25.
Sheriff: Man admits sharing child porn
Authorities arrested a Metairie man Thursday who they said confessed to distributing child pornography
Donyeal Allen Taylor, 34, was taken into custody in Jefferson Parish after sharing child pornography with an undercover Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office investigator, authorities said.
Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco said the pornography showed girls between 10 and 12 years old having sex with a man.
Pedestrian injured in Uptown crash
A pedestrian was pinned between two cars and sent to the hospital Friday after a crash in Uptown New Orleans.
Police said the 18-year-old man had been standing between two parked cars near South Carrollton Avenue and Belfast Street.
A 22-year-old man was driving a pickup south on Carrollton when he struck one of the two cars, police said.
That car hit the man and pinned him between the two vehicles. He was taken to a hospital with two possible broken legs.
The driver of the Ford F-150, John Lagarde, 22, was booked on reckless operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended driver’s license.