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Jury Finds Father Guilty of First-Degree Murder In Death Of 6-Week Old Son

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July 19, 2019

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Anthony Dearmas, 27, of New Orleans, guilty Friday (July 19) of first-degree murder in the death of his son, 6-week-old Karter Smith. Dearmas faces mandatory life in prison with no possibility of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence when he is sentenced Aug. 19 before District Judge Alan Zaunbrecher.

In the early morning of May 10, 2017, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called to a mobile home in Slidell, where they found the severely injured child. The baby’s mother testified that she had left the 6-week-old twins and her 3-year-old son home with Dearmas while she went to work. She testified that she was still at work when she received a call from Dearmas, who said that Karter, one of the twins, wasn’t breathing.

The panicked mother then called a relative, who lived with them in the mobile home and was returning home when he got the telephone call. He testified that when he walked in the house, he found Dearmas, sitting on the sofa and staring blankly at the child, who was already turning blue.

The relative called 9-1-1, but when paramedics arrived, Dearmas angrily tried to prevent them from administering medical treatment to Karter.  A deputy on the scene ultimately grabbed the car seat, carrying the injured child, from the hands of Dearmas so that paramedics could assist. The infant later died from his injuries.

When questioned by police, Dearmas initially stated that he had gone to take a shower and that Karter’s 3-year-old sibling had picked him up and dropped him twice. But Dearmas changed his story multiple times, ultimately admitting that he became frustrated because he could not soothe the screaming child, and struck him twice, knocking him to the floor.

Defense attorneys argued that Karter’s death was a manslaughter, not first-degree murder because Dearmas did not intend to kill the child. Prosecutors rebutted those claims, presenting autopsy photos that captured the severity of the child’s injuries, which included seven skull fractures. Prosecutors also showed Dearmas’s videotaped statements to police in which he admitted to striking the child, walking away to calm himself, but then returning to strike the crying child again

“You don’t get to hit a baby, crush the entire right side of his skull and then say, ‘I didn’t intend to kill him,’” Assistant District Attorney Angad Ghai said during his closing argument.

Defense attorneys also argued that Dearmas’s judgment was impaired because of diminished mental capacity. Ghai and Assistant District Attorney Blake Peters, who assisted in the prosecution, presented psychiatrists who testified that they found Dearmas was mentally competent enough at the time of the crime to understand right from wrong.

The jury deliberated about 1½ hours before voting 11 to 1 in favor of the first-degree murder conviction, rejecting Dearmas’s claim that he was not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.

           

Jury Convicts Bogalusa Man of Sexual Battery on 5-Year-Old Girl

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July 15, 2019

Jury Convicts Bogalusa Man of Sexual Battery on 5-Year-Old Girl

 

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury found Frederick C. Mangrum, 61, of Bogalusa, guilty Thursday (July 11) of sexual battery of a victim under 13. Mangrum faces 25 to 99 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 18 by District Judge William Burris.

Mangrum was found guilty of committing sexual battery on a 5-year-old girl in 2016. The defendant removed all the child’s clothes and then touched her inappropriately. The Bogalusa Police Department investigated the case with assistance from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Children’s Advocacy Center in Belton, Texas, and McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple, Texas.

Assistant District Attorneys Iain A. Dover and Holly McGinness prosecuted the case.

DCFS Offers Help to Get Non-Custodial Parents ‘On the Road Again’ with Child Support Payments

License reinstatement project in its second year – Download Flyer Here

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will celebrate Child Support Awareness Month in August with another opportunity for non-custodial parents who are behind on their child support payments to get their driver’s licenses reinstated for a reduced amount.

The “On the Road Again” project, now in its second year, will begin Aug. 1 and run through Sept. 30. DCFS is raising awareness about the project now, before its launch date, so that child support payors can budget and plan to participate. The project is open to non-custodial parents whose licenses DCFS has administratively suspended.

DCFS collected $193,882.30 in past-due child support during the inaugural, 6-week “Back on the Road” project in 2018, giving 249 families needed support and providing an opportunity for 195 payors of child support to get their licenses reinstated.

The Department is lengthening the project time this year to give payors more time to save up the necessary funds to participate and provide their children the support they need.

Typically, a payor who has fallen behind in their child support payments, and had their license suspended as a result, must come into subsequent or partial compliance with their court-ordered support payments before the license may be reinstated. Subsequent compliance requires the payor to be up-to-date with current child support payments; have paid all past-due child support or be making periodic payments in accordance with either a court order or a written agreement with the DCFS analyst; and have provided health insurance, if required to do so.

With the “On the Road Again” project, DCFS Child Support Enforcement (CSE) is offering to reduce those requirements for eligible payors who seek to participate on or before Sept. 30, 2019. Under the limited-time program, payors can begin the license reinstatement process by paying, on each case:

  • Two months of their court-ordered child support,
  • $100 toward arrears or past-due support, and
  • Administrative fee, if court ordered.

This payment does not include any reinstatement fees or fines that may be required by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV).

Interested payors can request an appointment or speak to their caseworker by:

  • Going online to www.dcfs.la.gov/cafe and sending their caseworker a direct message (If you do not have an online Cafe account, you may create one); OR
  • Contacting CSE by email at OntheRoad.DCFS@la.gov; OR
  • Contacting the DCFS Customer Service Center at LAHelpU.DCFS@la.gov or 1-888-524-3578, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; OR
  • Visiting the nearest CSE office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A list of CSE offices throughout the state can be found at www.dcfs.la.gov/offices.

Payors are encouraged to make an appointment with their caseworker to determine the exact amount needed for a cashier’s check or money order to qualify. After making the full payment required, the payor will be given the necessary paperwork to take to their nearest OMV office to have their license reinstated.

For more information about the “On the Road Again” project, visit www.dcfs.la.gov/ontheroadagain.

For more information about DCFS Child Support services, visit www.dcfs.la.gov/CSE.

 

 

 

 

Franklinton Man Gets 25 Years In Prison For Molesting Teen Boys

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July 10, 2019

Franklinton Man Gets 25 Years In Prison For Molesting Teen Boys

FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that Jonathan Young, 36, of Franklinton, was sentenced Monday (July 8) to serve 25 years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence for molestation and other inappropriate behavior with three juveniles over a period of at least four years.

Young pleaded guilty in March to molestation of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile, sexual battery, and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. District Judge Peter Garcia sentenced him to 25 years in prison on the molestation charge, seven years for indecent behavior, 10 years for sexual battery, and two years for contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. The sentences are to be served at the same time.

Young faces similar outstanding charges in Mississippi.

The Washington Parish case was investigated by Detective Demi Rice of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair. Family members of the victims said they were pleased with the outcome of the case.

Jury Convicts Slidell Man of Drug Charges

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July 2, 2018

COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury found Damon Jamel Landor, 40, of Slidell, guilty as charged Friday (June 28) of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, and possession of amphetamine.

District Judge Raymond Childress, who presided over the one-day trial, also found Landor guilty as charged of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Landor’s sentencing is set for July 11. The District Attorney’s Office plans to pursue sentencing for Landor as a multiple offender, and he faces up to 10 years in prison due to prior convictions.

Landor was pulled over on March 10, 2018, by a Slidell Police Department officer, who saw him make two turns without using a signal. The officer smelled marijuana, searched the vehicle, and found a canister in a hidden compartment in the trunk.  The illegal drugs were hidden in the canister.

Landor has the following prior convictions: distribution of cocaine, distribution of imitation/fraudulent controlled dangerous substance, and possession of cocaine, all in 1998; and misdemeanor battery of a police officer in 2014 and 2018. He also was on federal parole for a conspiracy to distribute cocaine conviction in 2004 but is now facing revocation.

Assistant District Attorney Blake Peters prosecuted the case.