SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Caddo Parish Coroner identified the kidnapped and shot toddlers found in Bill Cockerell Park; the person responsible for kidnapping and shooting the children was also identified.
Two children under three were found at the park late Tuesday. Lillian Rose Marter, 10 months, was found dead on the scene, and Ronnie Marter, 23 months, was in critical condition and transported to a hospital, where the toddler later died.
According to Cpl. Bordelon, the children were abducted from the Huntington Mobile Home Park on Klug Pines Rd. around 8:00 p.m. Officials say there was a domestic disturbance at the mobile home. Police say some force was used, but the mother’s injuries are not life-threatening.
They say the kidnapper, 25-year-old Anthony P. Smith, then drove to the community center on Pines Rd., located in the Westwood neighborhood, where the children were found.
Police say the family knew the man who allegedly kidnapped the children. Officers found Smith’s body at the community center as well. Officials say he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The shootings remain under investigation by the SPD. Autopsies were ordered.
The children’s slayings mark the 45th and 46th homicides in Caddo Parish in 2022 and the 44th and 45th in Shreveport.