Winnfield Infant Death Ruled Homicide – Updated Press Release

Updated 1-3-23

The Winnfield Police Department has added the following update to the original press release.

Bond has been set at $400,000.00 on each.

A hearing on the continued custody of the juvenile was held in the 8th Judicial District on Tuesday, December 27th. No information was released by the courts pertaining to this hearing.

Changes are made as further investigation shows the juvenile was not actually related to the infant and the death occurred on Dec 18, not Dec 19 as first reported.

Update 12-29-22

According to sources the juvenile arrested was not the sibling of the infant. Multiple sources have confirmed that at the time of publishing the juvenile is no longer in custody.

Winnfield Police Department Press Release

Winnfield, LA—-On the morning of Monday, December 19, Winnfield Fire & Rescue along with EMS responded to Louisiana Street to a 911 call concerning an infant not breathing.  The child was taken to the Winn Parish Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased by the attending physician.  Subsequent investigation by Winn Parish Coroner, Dr. James Lee, determined the infant had suffered from blunt force trauma to the head and body area that resulted in her death. 

An investigation by the Winnfield City Police, assisted by deputies from the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office, resulted in the arrest of an 11-year-old sibling.  The juvenile’s name cannot be released publicly but he is currently in custody awaiting a judicial hearing scheduled for December 20.  

Other arrests in connection with this are Jakeithra Starks, age 26; Laquetta Thomas, age 36; DeKarian Starks, age 24; and Malia Snowden, age 19, all charged with 2nd Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile.  They were all booked into the Winnfield City Jail then transferred to the Winn Parish Dertention Center awaiting bond hearings.