According to Sheriff Newell Normand, police responded to a call in the 1600 block of Gary Court in unincorporated Gretna to a call of an infant who was unresponsive.
Normand said that officers found the lifeless body of the infant, Da-Von Lonzo. The baby was taken to Ochsner Westbank, where doctors pronounced him dead at the scene.
After an autopsy showed the death to be a homicide, Normand said that police interviewed 17-year-old Arnold T. Ross, who described himself as the boyfriend of the baby’s mother.
Police say the autopsy report also noted multiple fractures throughout the body consistent with that of a beating. The child also had tears in the anus.
According to Normand, Ross initially told detectives the infant fell down the stairs while he was babysitting the child and stopped breathing.
Investigators say that a neighbor had heard loud noises coming from the apartment where the baby was later found dead.
According to Sheriff Normand: ” Ross admitted that while he was watching the infant, the child began to cry. As the crying continued, Ross confessed to beating the infant repeatedly. According to Ross, the child began to defecate on himself. Ross claims he placed his fingers inside the infant’s rectum in an attempt to clean up the child.”
Police booked Arnold Ross with one count of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Rape.
Normand says Ross has a lengthy criminal history with arrests for Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Obscenity, Battery on a Correctional Officer, 3 counts of Battery on a School Teacher, 3 counts of Theft, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon and Assault.
“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”