Brother facing negligent homicide in 3-year-old’s death; also linked to previous murder
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - NOPD has arrested an 18-year-old for his suspected role in the shooting death of a 3-year-old that occurred in the French Quarter on April 26 (Tuesday).
Around 3:49 p.m. on April 26, officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 400 block of Burgundy Street. Upon arrival, they found a 3-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound unresponsive.
She was transported to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified the toddler as Autumn Barthelemy.
Police say a weapon was recovered from the scene and the child’s 18-year-old brother, Donell E. Barthelemy, was arrested. He is facing a negligent homicide charge.
Initially, police detained a 17-year-old brother as well. He was subsequently released.
During further investigation, deputies also found out that Barthelemy had an active arrest warrant for a Sept. 2021 homicide on Ursulines Avenue. The victim was identified as 34-year-old Brian Thomas.
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