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UPDATE: Child Dies after Sunday Stabbing, Monroe Woman's Charges Upgraded

A Monroe woman is charged with attempted second degree murder after stabbing two children Sunday night.
Latasha Denise Hampton (OPSO)
Latasha Denise Hampton (OPSO)
Latasha Denise Hampton (OPSO)
Latasha Denise Hampton (OPSO)
UPDATE June 14: One Monroe woman charged with stabbing a child will now face more severe charges after the child died late Friday night.

The District Attorney's office confirmed, Cayden Wilson Hymes, the two-year-old child that Hampton is charged with strangling and stabbing in the head, has died from their injuries just after 10 p.m. Friday.

The DA's office said Hampton's charges will now be upgraded to 2nd Degree Murder.

The child had been recovering at LSU Shreveport Hospital at the time.

District Attorney Jerry Jones confirmed to KTVE/KARD that Hampton was under the influence of PCP when she broke into a house on Laplata St. in Monroe on Monday and stabbed the child.

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Monroe -- Monroe Police say Latasha Hampton's string of alleged crimes started around 9:30 Sunday night when they received complaints from witnesses at a Mac's Fresh Food Market on Winnsboro Road.

Police say Hampton got into an argument with her 15-year-old daughter in the store's parking lot, then abandoned her there.

The next stop was the 600 block of Orange Street where Hampton was reportedly threatening her 12-year-old son with a knife.

Mark Johnson with the Monroe Police Department says,"Monroe Police responded to that scene and talked to witness about Ms. Hampton, her behavior, and threats made against what was believed at that time to be a twelve year old male."

But the calls didn't stop there.

"While that part of the investigation was taking place, we got a call from the Martinez location where Hampton had allegedly assaulted the boy at that location," adds Johnson. 

Witnesses at the apartments on Martinez Road say Hampton dragged the boy across the parking lot.

"She was down on somebody, but I couldn't tell if it was a kid or not.They were trying to get her off the little kid. She stabbed him several times," says a witness."It was really scary. I just knew somebody was fixing to die right there."

The witness says she eventually jumped up and dove head first through a nearby apartment window.

A man who was asleep inside says Hampton tore through and smashed out the back window.

"And then Ms. Hampton is alleged to have left that location for the house on Laplata where assault of a two year old or 19 month child took place," says Johnson.

Police say Hampton allegedly strangled and stabbed that child in the head.

It was there authorities say she was tasered and taken into custody.

The Monroe Police say they believe Hampton may have been under the influence of PCP during the incident, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Both of the children are currently in serious condition at the LSU Shreveport Hospital, according to police. 


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