State seeks death for Louisiana mom accused in baby's burning death

Left to Right: Felicia Smith, Baby Levi, Hannah Barker | Photos: Natchitoches PD

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - Louisiana is seeking the death penalty for a woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 6-month-old son.

The Alexandria Town Talk reports the state has filed notice to seek death for Hanna Nicole Barker over the July 2018 death of Levi Cole Ellerbe.

Barker was arrested in 2018 about a week after she reported Levi had been kidnapped by men who pepper-sprayed her. A motorist reported a fire nearby Barker's home about an hour later and Levi was found at the scene with third- and second-degree burns covering 90% of his body. He died the next day.

Authorities say Barker asked her girlfriend Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith to kill Levi. Smith is also charged with first-degree murder and has a hearing later this month.

Barker's trial is set for January.



Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk,

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