Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Man accused of choking ex-girlfriend _lowres

Calvin Toney

Baton Rouge police on Monday arrested a 20-year-old man accused of walking into his ex-girlfriend’s home June 9, grabbing her by the throat, throwing her against a wall and choking her.

Calvin Toney entered the home through an unlocked side door and became enraged at his ex-girlfriend because their daughter is scared of him, the arrest warrant says.

Toney left the girl sitting on a counter next to a hot stove on Oct. 2, 2012, and walked away, police records show. The girl, who was 1 year old at the time, suffered third-degree burns to her arm, wrist and hand. Doctors found multiple fractures in various stages of healing on the girl’s body, and police arrested both parents.

Court records show both the mother and Toney received five years of probation after pleading guilty to cruelty to a juvenile.

The victim told police the child was in the house during the June attack, the warrant says.

Toney, 3765 Eaton St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on a count of home invasion.

Fire destroys home of family of four

A family of four left their Sumrall Drive home Sunday night when the air-conditioning unit died, only hours before a fire broke out in the attic, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman said.

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Firefighters were notified of the fire by an alarm company and arrived at the 5725 Sumrall Drive home at 4:06 a.m. to find the house engulfed in flames, spokesman Curt Monte said.

The flames were kept from spreading, but the home was destroyed, Monte said. The roof caved in, and there are only a few walls left standing.

The family returned to the home after firefighters brought the blaze under control, Monte said. The American Red Cross was called to assist the family.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, Monte said.

Authorities book 1 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked him into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.

Dereck Brown, 37, 6276 Ford St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-offense driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain control, driver’s license required/expired and reckless operation.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.