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Family wants answers after missing 4-year-old found dead in water-filled pit

Jassiah Clark (Source: WAFB) Jassiah Clark (Source: WAFB)
Jassiah's body found near home (Source: WAFB) Jassiah's body found near home (Source: WAFB)
Hole where Jassiah was found (Source: WAFB) Hole where Jassiah was found (Source: WAFB)

Illuminated by the blue flashing lights of police cruisers, mud caked on her shoes, Jassiah Clark's aunt stood a few feet away from where her nephew lost his life.

"It hurts me to know my nephew is gone," said Lesly Reed before she began to sob.

Her family is overcome with pain in the face of that tragic discovery. The four-year-old boy went missing Saturday afternoon. His body was discovered Monday evening in a water-filled pit by Baton Rouge Police. The hole was just steps away from his house.

"We have been searching the area since the report that he was missing. The area was filled with water during the day. You cannot see. It was very dark and murky. More than likely they had looked already, but at night with a flashlight is when they could see," said Baton Rouge Police Spokeswoman Mary Ann Godawa.

The hole appears to be a deep pipe that was filled with water and camouflaged with mud and dirt. It is is unclear who is responsible for the pipe. After Clark's body was discovered, a DPW truck was brought in to clear the water from the pit.

Reed says the city is to blame. She believes her nephew's death was an accident and one that could have been prevented. She noted that during the search, an officer almost slipped into the hole.

"I'm pissed. I'm hurt. I mean it doesn't make sense. You did work over here. Why would you fill a 20-foot deep hole with dirt and not cement it in or even put barricades around it," said Reed.

Other questions about how Clark died remain and the Police investigation continues. The coroner will determine cause of death.

Meanwhile the child's family just wants to remember the bright boy they loved.

"Fun loving. Very much an outgoing kid. You couldn't do nothing, but love Jassiah," said Reed.

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