2:30 LRN Newscast April 28

Manual strangulation and multiple blunt force injuries to the head is the preliminary cause of death of 6-year-old Bella Fontenelle of Harahan. Jefferson Parish Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich says the case has been difficult on everyone even first responders and his staff.

Cut 13 (07) “…young girl.” 

Bella’s father’s girlfriend 43-year-old Hannah Landon has been charged. Bella’s body was found in a 10-gallon bucket on her mother’s lawn Wednesday.

In Lafayette an instructor at St. Thomas More High School has been terminated. According to KLFY-TV parents were sent a message that Jacob De La Paz is no longer with the school and there’s no reason to believe he engaged in any type of inappropriate behavior with any students. A KLFY investigation of his previous employment in Arkansas says he sent inappropriate text messages to students in 2017.

A bill to reduce the number of required hours for cosmetology students passes in the House. Bill author Slidell Rep Mary DuBuisson says it will help hair salons that are struggling to find employees, but students are still required to pass their exams. Lafayette Representative Jean-Paul Coussan says it would hurt smaller schools.

Cut 4 (10)  “…smaller communities.” 

The bill now heads to a Senate committee.

It’s National Infant Immunization Week and Shreveport Willis Knighton pediatrician Nikki Humphries says early vaccinations are safe and guard your baby against numerous common illnesses…:

Cut 10 (10) “…pneumonia, polio.” 

Humphries says when it comes to immunizations to trust your healthcare provider, not the internet.