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La. man arrested in connection with toddler’s death from blunt force injuries

Authorities say Jonathan Dunn, 34, was arrested early Sunday morning for the death of...
Authorities say Jonathan Dunn, 34, was arrested early Sunday morning for the death of one-year-old, Ja’Leah Fontenot.(East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)
Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 3:29 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a one-year-old child, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Authorities said Jonathan Dunn, 34, was arrested early Sunday, March 28, for the death of Ja’Leah Fontenot, 1.

On Monday, March 29, Dr. Beau Clark, coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish, said the autopsy showed Fontenot died from multiple blunt force injuries.

Police were dispatched to the 4000 block of Peerless St. just before 11 p.m. on March 27 because of a medical call. Fontenot was found unresponsive with multiple bruises and with a large burn on her leg.

The one-year-old was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Dunn was arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.

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