Inconceivable murder in New Orleans

(Note: This entry contains a second news article on the same type of crime, committed against a victim of the same age, which occurred just two weeks ago.)

I am reproducing this disturbing story and photo without comment. Some things are beyond comment. Also, a picture tells a thousand words..

West Bank teen arrested in rape and murder of 8-month-old
by C.J. Lin, The Times-Picayune
Sunday June 07, 2009, 9:50 AM

Arnold Ross

A 17-year-old Terrytown man was arrested on charges of aggravated rape and first-degree murder of an 8-month-old child Saturday afternoon, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Arnold T. Ross, of 136 Friedrichs Road in Terrytown, was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Facility. No bond is available on the first-degree murder charge.

Ross was arrested after officers responded to a call of an unresponsive infant at 1656 Gary Court, Apt. B, near Gretna.

The infant, Da-Von Lonzo, was taken to Ochsner Westbank where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, according to a release issued by Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

The death was initially unclassified, but the Jefferson Parish coroner’s office later reported it as a homicide after an autopsy of the child’s body revealed multiple fractures consistent with a beating and tears in the anus.

Ross, who said he was the boyfriend of the infant’s mother, initially told detectives that the baby fell down the stairs while he was babysitting, Fortunato said. But a neighbor reported hearing loud noises coming from the apartment, and investigators noted inconsistencies in Ross’s account.

Ross later admitted that he beat the infant repeatedly when he would not stop crying, Fortunato said. When the child began to defecate on himself, Ross said he tried to clean it up, causing the tears, according to the release.

Ross has a record of previous arrests for possession of crack cocaine and marijuana, obscenity, battery on a correctional officer, three counts of battery on a teacher, three counts of theft, illegal carrying of a weapon and assault.

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William A. writes:

The story you quote is indeed beyond comment. The final paragraph speaks volumes:

“Ross has a record of previous arrests for possession of crack cocaine and marijuana, obscenity, battery on a correctional officer, three counts of battery on a teacher, three counts of theft, illegal carrying of a weapon and assault.”

Quite a list for a 17-year-old.

An appalling crime reminiscent of the famous discussion in the Brothers Karamazov.

James M2 writes:

Thinking I would put the eyes of an animal where they belong, I attempted to photoshop the eyes of Arnold Ross onto Victor Deak’s Homo ergaster:

Strangely, the result somehow looks more intelligent than the original photo of Ross.

LA replies:

It’s because the ergaster has such a thoughtful, sensitive expression on his face.

Thus Ergaster, the Disneyfied, two million year old pre-human philosopher, is more intelligent than Ross, the real-life human beast.

James R. writes:

Another one.

Here is the article James linked:

Court documents: Widefield man raped, beat grandson
May 22, 2009—3:11 PM

(Enlarged photo of Willie Allmon.)

A Widefield man raped his 8-month-old grandson before beating him so severely that the boy died of his injuries, El Paso County sheriff’s investigators alleged in court documents.

Willie B. Allmon, a 51-year-old registered sex offender, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Isiah Wilson.

Allmon is being held without bail in the El Paso County jail. His first court appearance is Wednesday.

El Paso County sheriff’s deputies went to Allmon’s home at 46 N. Albion St. on Monday after a caller summoned an ambulance to check on an unresponsive infant having difficulty breathing.

Doctors at Memorial Hospital determined the child had suffered severe head injuries—apparently the result of abuse—and had been raped, investigators said in an arrest affidavit obtained Friday.

The child was placed on life support and died Tuesday. An autopsy determined the cause of his death was a blow to the head in what the coroner’s office called a homicide, the fourth in unincorporated El Paso County this year.

In 1998, Allmon was arrested on suspicion of aggravated incest and sexual assault. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sex offense. No other details were available, but according to the sex offender registry, he fondled a child.

The same year, Allmon’s then-wife Monique Allmon petitioned the courts for protection from him, claiming that he choked and threatened her and held her against her will. She said their final break came in April of 1998 when he warned her he had a gun close by and would use it on anyone who got in his way.

She wrote in court documents that he told her, “As long as my name is Allmon, I belong to him.”

A female relative was granted a permanent restraining order against Allmon in 2002 after accusing him of sexually abusing her.

While being questioned about Isiah’s injuries, Allmon gave deputies two different accounts, an arrest affidavit shows.

He initially claimed he left Isiah on his bed when he went to use the bathroom. He heard a thud. On the floor was Isiah, with a dirty diaper. Allmon claimed he passed out as he knelt down to change the diaper.

He claimed he awoke on top of the infant. Isiah was gurgling, and his eyes rolled back in his head.

Later, Allmon changed his story.

He told deputies he accidentally banged Isiah’s head on the kitchen counter and dropped the child while attempting CPR. He denied raping his grandchild.

Allmon initially was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony child abuse and was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Allmon was arrested again Thursday night after the child died and an arrest warrant accusing him of first-degree murder was issued.

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