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Death of infant born after mother's fatal shooting ruled homicide

Brittney Mills (Source: Facebook) Brittney Mills (Source: Facebook)
Brittney Mills Funeral on Sat. April 2, 2015 (Source: Andrew Nomura/WAFB) Brittney Mills Funeral on Sat. April 2, 2015 (Source: Andrew Nomura/WAFB)

Just seven days after a pregnant woman was fatally shot in Baton Rouge, the baby who was delivered postmortem died due to lack of oxygen to the brain because the mother's loss of blood during the shooting.

The child initially survived the shooting and was delivered the day his mother was shot. His mother, 29-year-old Brittney Mills, was 8-months pregnant at the time of the shooting that happened on April 24, 2015. Officials say 7-day-old Brenton Mills died Friday, May 1, 2015.

The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner said the infant's death has been ruled a homicide.

Mills was killed after being shot multiple times in her upper body at a home in Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge Police said Mills may have opened the door to her assailant, who fled the scene.

The day Mills was shot, she and her sister had dinner together. They spoke about how excited Mills was to have another child. Mills also had a 10-year-old daughter.

While some media reports have indicated former LSU standout La'el Collins, 21, may be the father of the baby, and that Brittney had a romantic relationship with him, her relatives are not saying much about it.

Former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins met with police Monday morning for an interview about the death of Brittney Mills. Collins arrived at the Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) housed within Louisiana State Police Headquarters just before 10 a.m. to be questioned by detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department. 

He walked out of the building before 11:30 a.m. Jim Boren, Collins' attorney, said his client answered all of the questions from investigators. When asked if Collins is cleared, Boren responded he thinks he has been clear from beginning.

"I don't think he's a suspect," Boren said. "La'el is now going to make efforts to get his football career back on track."

Prior to the meeting, Boren said he hoped to "see the whole picture." When asked if Collins would clear his name, Boren responded, "that's the point."

Brittney Mills was laid to rest Saturday. 

The investigation into the murders of Brittney and Brenton Mills is ongoing. Police have not made any arrests. 

Collins was considered a possible first round pick in the NFL draft, but went undrafted.

If you know anything about this incident, call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).

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