Central Middle 12-yr-old dies after tree falls atop him | Benefit planned for funeral costs

EAST FELICIANA — A child died in a tragic accident just two days shy of his golden birthday after a tree fell on top of him in Clinton.

It was just after 3 p.m. when 911 received a call from Gilead Rd. near Lower C C Rd. in East Feliciana Parish for a tree down on top of Robert Dornier Jr., 12.

Dornier was rushed to Lane Hospital but did not survive his injuries.

It happened after his dad was cutting down trees in the woods and officials say it was a very tragic accident.

Who was Robert Dornier Jr.?

Dornier Jr. was better known to his loved ones as “Bacon Bit.” It comes after his dad, Robert Dornier Sr. was nicknamed “pork chop.”

He told his dad “If your nickname is ‘pork chop,’ then I’m Bacon Bit,” a family friend told UWK.

He was 12 years old and a student at Central Middle School. He would have turned 13 on Feb. 13, 2024.

“First and foremost, he loved his daddy and loved doing any and everything with him. He went along with his dad everywhere he went. If he was going to cut grass, Bacon Bit was in the truck. He would go with any job that needed to be done. He enjoyed helping others along side his dad. He loved heavy machinery. He always told his dad he was going to be an operator one day,” said the family friend.

His loved ones tell UWK that Bacon Bit “never met a stranger. He loved being around any and everyone. He was one of the sweetest kids you could ever meet.”

A date has not been set at this time for a funeral because the family needs to raise money to cover the cost.

A fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 18 to raise money for Bacon Bit’s funeral.

It will begin at 11am at the Big Dog Saloon in Denham Springs at 7857 Florida Blvd. and have jambalaya and pasta plates for sale.

There will also be a silent auction.

Anyone wishing to make donations can scan the QR code in the flyer.

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