Mother Who Ordered Girlfriend to Murder Son Faces Death Penalty

Hanna Barker, Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith Louisiana prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a woman who they say ordered her girlfriend to douse her six-year-old son in gasoline and burn him to death.

Prosecutors charged Hanna Nicole Barker, 23, in the July 2018 death of her son, Levi Cole Ellerbe, the Daily Mail reported.

Barker claimed that kidnappers knocked on the door of her Natchitoches, Louisiana, home, sprayed her with pepper spray, then stole her son. Barker also said she called the police right away, but it was less than two hours before police found her son’s burned body lying next to some nearby railroad tracks.

Police claim that Barker’s kidnapping story is a fabrication and that she and her girlfriend, Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith, 26, took the child to the tracks where Barker doused the baby in gas and then ordered Smith to light the child on fire.

The child was still alive when police found his burned body, and he was rushed to a local hospital, but Levi soon died from his injuries. Doctors reported that the boy had second- and third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body.

Police arrested Smith four days later and charged her with first-degree murder. Barker […]

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