A couple was arrested after torturing a two-year-old boy to death by burning scalding him all over his body with hot water:
A two-year-old Louisiana boy died Saturday having sustained severe burns after being scalded with hot water — and his mother and her boyfriend now face charges, PEOPLE confirms.
Gavin Lowery died April 14, eight days after he was taken to a Shreveport hospital with burns on his legs, genitals and buttocks, according to an arrest warrant obtained by PEOPLE. The boy also had splash burns on his face and old and new bruises covering his body.
“It is still under investigation,” Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Glenn Springfield tells PEOPLE.
Police arrested Gavin’s 25-year-old mother, Lindsey McBride, and her boyfriend, John Harper, 32, on April 7. They are currently facing charges of second-degree cruelty to a child, but Steve Tew, District Attorney for the 4th Judicial District, tells PEOPLE he is considering second-degree murder charges against one or both suspects.
The charges against the pair have not yet been filed, Tew says. They have not yet been arraigned or entered pleas, and it was unclear if they have lawyers who could comment on their behalf.
McBride and Harper are being held in the Ouachita Correctional Center on a $65,000 bond.
Suspects’ Accounts Did Not Match Child’s Injuries: Warrant
Police were notified by social services on April 6 that Gavin had been taken to a hospital in Shreveport with second-degree burns. At the hospital, the boy “was moaning and appeared to be in severe pain,” the warrant states.
During an interview with police, McBride allegedly claimed Gavin had fallen down the stairs of their West Monroe home three days earlier. Shortly after his fall, McBride allegedly said the boy accidentally burned himself when he pulled a hot pot off the stove. (source)