The state of Louisiana announced last week that they will prosecute the death penalty against Hanna Nicole Barker, 23, if she is found guilty of murdering her six-month-old son Levi Cole Ellerbe, in July 2018

Mother, 23, & # 39; who ordered the murder of her six-month-old son by telling her girlfriend to put him out in gas and put him on a railroad & # 39 ;, will get the death penalty if he is found guilty

  • Louisiana prosecutors say they are pursuing the death penalty against Hanna Nicole Barker, 23, if she is found guilty of killing her six-month-old Levi Cole Ellerbe
  • They say she then ordered her friend, Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith (26), to kill her son on her behalf and discredited her initial claims about a kidnapping
  • Investigators believe that at the request of Barker Levi, Smith took the railroad, donated gas over him, and set him on fire before starting her shift at IHOP
  • Levi was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but died later. He had sustained more than 90 percent of his body second and third degree burns
  • After her possible prosecution, prosecutors will probably also pursue the death penalty against Smith

A mother who, according to the authorities, instructed her girlfriend to extinguish her baby in gasoline and burn him to death, now runs the risk of being executed, following a charge from prosecutors.

The state of Louisiana announced last week that they will prosecute the death penalty against Hanna Nicole Barker, 23, if she is found guilty of murdering her six-month-old son Levi Cole Ellerbe, in July 2018.

They say that at the time she instructed her friend, Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith, 26 to kill her son on her behalf.

Barker initially claimed to the authorities that Levi was kidnapped by two people who knocked on the door of her Natchitoches home in Louisiana, sprayed her with pepper in her eyes, and then walked away.

The state of Louisiana announced last week that they will prosecute the death penalty against Hanna Nicole Barker, 23, if she is found guilty of murdering her six-month-old son Levi Cole Ellerbe, in July 2018

The state of Louisiana announced last week that they will prosecute the death penalty against Hanna Nicole Barker, 23, if she is found guilty of murdering her six-month-old son Levi Cole Ellerbe, in July 2018

Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith

Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith

Baby Levi

Baby Levi

They say that at the time she instructed her friend, Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith (left), 26, to kill her son Levi (right) on her behalf

She called 911 and told an operator that her son had been taken, but within 90 minutes the police were warned of a fire at a nearby railroad, where they found the baby's badly burned body.

Investigators believe that at the request of Barker, Smith brought Levi to the railroad, donated gas over him, and set him on fire before he went to work at a nearby IHOP restaurant.

Levi was taken to the hospital in a critical condition, but later succumbed to his serious injuries. He had sustained more than 90 percent of his body second and third degree burns.

Smith was arrested four days later and charged with first-degree murder. Barker was arrested in the days that followed and issued the same charges.

Investigators believe that at the request of Barker Levi, Smith took to the railroad, poured gas on him, and set it on fire before starting her shift at a nearby IHOP restaurant

Investigators believe that at the request of Barker Levi, Smith took to the railroad, poured gas on him, and set it on fire before starting her shift at a nearby IHOP restaurant

Investigators believe that at the request of Barker Levi, Smith took the railroad, poured gas over him, and set it on fire before he started working at a nearby IHOP restaurant

Barker initially claimed to the authorities that Levi was kidnapped by two people who knocked on the door of her Natchitoches home in Louisiana, sprayed her with pepper in her eyes and then walked away, but was arrested four days after Smith and charged with first degree murder

Barker initially claimed to the authorities that Levi was kidnapped by two people who knocked on the door of her Natchitoches home in Louisiana, sprayed her with pepper in her eyes and then walked away, but was arrested four days after Smith and charged with first degree murder

Barker initially claimed to the authorities that Levi was kidnapped by two people who knocked on the door of her Natchitoches home in Louisiana, sprayed her eyes and then ran away, but was arrested four days after Smith and charged with first-degree murder

Levi was taken to the hospital in a critical condition, but later succumbed to his serious injuries. He had sustained more than 90 percent of his body second and third degree burns

Levi was taken to the hospital in a critical condition, but later succumbed to his serious injuries. He had sustained more than 90 percent of his body second and third degree burns

Levi was taken to the hospital in a critical condition, but later succumbed to his serious injuries. He had sustained more than 90 percent of his body second and third degree burns

During a preliminary investigation in September 2018, a Fire Marshall told the judge that Barker and Smith had a romantic relationship, although Smith was more interested in dating than the mother. Allegedly she also instructed Smith to kill Levi, the researchers said

During a preliminary investigation in September 2018, a Fire Marshall told the judge that Barker and Smith had a romantic relationship, although Smith was more interested in dating than the mother. Allegedly she also instructed Smith to kill Levi, the researchers said

During a preliminary investigation in September 2018, a Fire Marshall told the judge that Barker and Smith had a romantic relationship, although Smith was more interested in dating than the mother. Allegedly she also instructed Smith to kill Levi, the researchers said

During a preliminary investigation in September 2018, a Fire Marshall told the judge that Barker and Smith had a romantic relationship, although Smith was more interested in dating than the mother.

Barker apparently told officials she was only with Smith for attention and money, and admitted that he had instructed her to kill Levi.

However, her lawyers say that there is no way for prosecutors to prove the allegation by calling them false.

Barker was at that time probing for drug offenses and would have violated the terms of her agreement by allowing Smith to stay in her house.

Smith is scheduled for a provisional exam session on August 23. Such hearings usually take place before the accused is charged with the purpose of determining whether there is sufficient evidence to continue the case, the Alexandria Town Talk reported.

However, when granting the motion for the hearing, Judge Desiree Dyess said that Smith did not appoint a lawyer until she was charged in August 2018.

Barker's hearing took place in September 2018 and she was charged the following month.

The trial of the mother has been provisionally instituted before January 13, 2020.

After her possible prosecution, prosecutors will probably also pursue the death penalty against Smith.

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