Baton Rouge man arrested for allegedly killing child by play fighting
Posted on 12/13/2016 11:11:00 AM.

A Baton Rouge father has been arrested after allegedly killing his 4-year-old while play fighting. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola says on November 30th, Kristopher Carter brought his unconscious son, Marcel, to the hospital. He says Carter transported the child to the hospital himself, hours after the incident because his son did not want to go.

“Carter didn’t have any knowledge of what could’ve happened to his child. Through an autopsy, it was learned that the child had suffered blunt force trauma to his abdomen area.”

Coppola says Carter has been charged with negligent homicide. He says detectives spoke with a witness inside the home who said Carter hitting his son with a closed fist and told him to fight back.

“We learned that this obviously isn’t the first time this has happened as Carter has been asked repeatedly not to play fight because sometimes he would hit the child too hard.”

The autopsy revealed Marcel died from a laceration on his small bowel. He says the child’s mother and school officials told detectives Marcel had no signs of any illness before being with Carter.

“Carter was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish on December 12th on the charge of negligent homicide. So very, very sad story.”

Carter was bonded out of jail this morning.

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