Autopsy: Toddler died from blunt force injuries, death classified as a homicide

BATON ROUGE — Two juveniles, a Baton Rouge woman and the mother of a 3-year-old have been charged after a toddler was discovered unresponsive and died two days later from the injuries.

An autopsy shows Blessing Buckles died from blunt force injuries, and her death is being classified as a homicide, UWK has learned.

EBRSO deputies arrested Buckles’ mother, Dineshia Yates, 26, on Feb. 17. She’s charged with principal to second degree murder and principle to simple battery.

On Friday, Feb. 16, deputies arrested Terica Scott, 26, with principal to second degree murder and principal to battery.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office also charged a 10 and 12 year old with simple battery and second degree murder. They were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention facility.

Deputies responded to a call in the 3300 block of O’neal Ln. on Monday after a 3-year-old female was reportedly found unresponsive, according to court documents. The toddler, later identified as Blessing Buckles, was rushed to OLOL Children’s Hospital with bruises on her face and right side of her body. Sources say Buckles had a brain bleed and was in critical conditions before passing away February 14.

The documents say that eight children, ranging in age from an infant to an 12-year-old, were left home alone and unsupervised for several hours. At least one other child in the residence exhibited bruises but was not hospitalized.

The home off O’neal Ln. where at least eight children were left home alone

According to the probable cause document in the case, a juvenile male called and reported that the toddler was not breathing. The documents reveal that Scott & Yates were at a casino while the children were left home alone.

The court documents indicate that Scott, the mother and aunt to the juvenile suspects, admitted to East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies that she knowingly left the children alone with her nephew and was “aware of her nephew’s violent behavior towards other children.” Deputies say Scott was an acquaintance of the toddler’s mother.

UWK did reach out to the Department of Child & Family services who confirms there is an investigation into the mother.

“There is an open investigation regarding the mother’s care and supervision of her children.”

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