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Prosecutor: Mom asked girlfriend to burn 6-month-old baby

Posted at 1:45 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 14:45:41-04

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) – A Louisiana prosecutor says a mother accused in her infant son’s death asked her girlfriend to kill the baby.

Hanna Nicole Barker is being held without bond. A judge ruled Friday that there’s probable cause to charge her as a principal to murder in the death of 6-month-old Levi Cole Ellerbee.

The Town Talk of Alexandria reports that defense attorney Dhu Thompson argued Friday in Natchitoches that the only evidence against Barker is a statement from the woman accused of setting the baby on fire. Thompson says Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith is just trying to get a better deal for herself.

Smith has been charged with first-degree murder, which can bring the death penalty.

Barker has not been indicted. A grand jury has heard the case against her.