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Baby found on fire, mother held in jail without bond

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Published: Sep. 23, 2018 at 7:16 AM EDT
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A Louisiana mother whose baby was found burning in July is in jail without bond, affiliate KALB reported.

Hanna Barker, mother of six-month-old Levi Ellerbe, was kept in jail based on presented evidence.

Originally, Barker told police that two men came to her trailer, attacked her and took Levi from their home; however, a lieutenant with the State Fire Marshal's Office testified that the scene appeared to be staged.

Officials reported that her statements had inconsistencies.

Felicia Smith, Barker's girlfriend, told investigators that it was Barker who asked her to help get rid of Levi. She said there is video evidence of the two meeting at IHOP, including phone recordings and text messages that support her claims.

Barker is charged with principal to first-degree murder; Smith is charged with first-degree murder.

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