A Harahan woman killed the 6-year-old daughter of her boyfriend, wedged the child’s body into a 10-gallon bucket and then used a wagon to cart that bucket to the nearby residence of the girl’s mother where it was discovered Wednesday morning, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Bella Fontenelle of Harahan.
An autopsy conducted Wednesday determined Bella’s death was a homicide, Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich said. Bella had “multiple injuries,” but Cvitanovich said he would not release her cause of death, citing the ongoing investigation.
Hannah Landon, 43, Bella’s accused killer, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after authorities found her at a local hospital, Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said. She will be booked with first-degree murder and obstruction of justice.
“We believe Bella was killed at the father’s house (on Donelon Drive in Harahan) and then transported over to the mother’s house and then taken out of a wagon,” Lopinto said.
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