A man in Louisiana has been arrested and charged with murder after his pregnant girlfriend went missing, with police also suspecting that he allegedly threw her two-year-old son off a bridge to his death.
Police in the city of Baton Rouge, which is the capital of the southern US state of Louisiana, have arrested and charged Brynnen Murphy, 20, with murder after his girlfriend Kaylen Johnson, 24, went missing along with her two-year-old child Kayden, with law enforcement suspecting that the accused threw the child off a bridge.
The Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) took Murphy into custody on Monday, 14th March.
The BRPD had first issued a statement on Saturday, 12th March, stating that their homicide detectives were looking for Johnson and her child, who they said were last seen on Saturday, 5th March.
They released photographs of the missing woman and tot and urged anyone with information regarding their whereabouts to contact their violent crime unit by dialling (225) 389-4869 or by contacting Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
The pregnant woman and her child were still missing at the time of writing. Family members have told local media that Murphy is the father of Johnson’s unborn child. And local media outlet WBRZ has reported that Murphy allegedly killed Johnson before throwing her crying son off a bridge.
The BRPD released an updated statement on Monday, 14th March, stating that they had arrested Murphy and adding: “Investigators believe that Murphy is connected in the disappearance and deaths of Kaylen Johnson and her son, Kaden Johnson.”
The police added that Murphy had been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The investigation into the missing woman and child is ongoing.