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Mother's Boyfriend Charged In Metairie Baby's Death

Mother's Boyfriend Charged In Metairie Baby's Death

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office has charged Troy Kelly, 28, in the death of a 15-month-old baby.

Kelly, who faces one count of first-degree murder, is the boyfriend of Samej Bastiste's mother Alencia Batiste.  She called 911 Friday morning to say the baby was not breathing.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

After questioning, the JPSO says Kelly admitted that on Thursday night, he got upset with how Samej was acting while trying to bathe the child.  Kelly yanked Samej out of the tub by the arm, which caused the baby to swing around and slam his head and upper body into the toliet.

Kelly says he knew Samej was badly hurt, but did not seek medical help. An autospy found Samej suffered blunt force trauma as well as internal injuries.

The JPSO says Kelly's arrest record includes simple battery, numerous narcotics charges, resisting an Officer and unauthorized entry.


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