Woman charged with killing baby in dryer

Sept. 12, 2008 at 6:48 PM

HARVEY, La., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A young Louisiana woman has been charged with killing a 5-month-old boy she was babysitting by putting him in a clothes dryer.

Ariel Smith, 19, of Harvey was arrested Thursday, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

Smith was caring for Andre Jenkins and his 18-month-old brother when she became upset with the baby, Jefferson Parish sheriff's officers said. She allegedly admitted putting the boy in the dryer after intensive questioning.

The babysitter called 911 shortly after 11 a.m. reporting that a baby at her address was not breathing. Paramedics found Andre lying on the floor, dead.

At first, Smith claimed that the boy had been burned when his older brother pushed a pot of boiling water off the stove. She eventually acknowledged she became "frustrated" with the baby, put him in the dryer and turned it on.

Smith was caring for the two brothers while their mother was at work.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Topics: Ariel Smith
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Russia investigates legality of 1991 recognition of Baltic independence
South Korea fires warning shots at boat from North
Islamic State re-captures part of key Kurdish-held border town in Syria
North Korea raises alarm over violent crime
Oklahoma Supreme Court orders removal of 10 Commandments at state capitol