A woman who is accused of throwing two of her children into a Louisiana lake has been extradited from Texas to Louisiana, where she faces a murder charge that could send her to jail for life.
32-year-old Ureka Black, of Shreveport, is accused of throwing her 5-year-old and 8-month-old sons into Cross Lake.
On Friday, Sept. 24 police responded to a call about a child in the water near the bridge. Marine patrol officers responded and found an infant male dead in the water.
Officers then began searching the lake and were able to rescue a 5-year-old boy, who was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Since then, the child’s injuries have been downgraded to non-life-threatening and he is expected to recover.
Detectives responding to the hospital were able to talk with the child, who helped detectives identify Black as the mother of both children.
“My heart is just so broken with this event that has occurred today,” said Substitute Chief for the Shreveport Police Department Wayne Smith.
Officials say Black has been arrested numerous times in the past and has had multiple orders to attend counseling, anger management and parenting classes, but she either ignored the orders or quit after one or two classes.
Black was arrested Friday at a truck stop in Waskom, Texas. She was extradited over the weekend and booked into the Shreveport City Jail on Sunday on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, news agencies reported. If convicted on the murder charge, she would face a mandatory life sentence.
She is likely to have her first court appearance via video on Tuesday, said Caddo Parish district attorney’s spokesman John Andrew Prime. It was unclear if she had an attorney who could speak for her.