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05/06/08 - ZACHARY, LA (WAFB)

Louisiana Park Killings: Two Charged with Murder

BREC Park, where the bodies and injured were found. BREC Park, where the bodies and injured were found.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested and charged two people with the murders of a mother and her son.  Their bodies were found at a BREC park in Zachary. 

Dominic Dantoni Smith of Zachary and Trendall Lashel Matthews of Jackson were each charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder.  Sheriff's department spokeswoman Casey Hicks says she did not yet know a possible motive in the killings.

A 23-year-old woman and a young boy, believed to be about three years old, were found dead at Doyle's Bayou Park on Pride-Port Hudson Road.  Two of the woman's other children, both of them young girls, were found injured but still alive at the park, reported WAFB's Greg Meriwether

One of the surviving children, believed to be about four years old, had a cut to the throat.  The other victim is an infant, sheriff's investigators said.  Both of the girls are expected to survive.  They are being treated at a Baton Rouge hospital.

A BREC worker found the woman's body and called police.  The two girls were then spotted in the park.  As deputies were investigating the scene, they stumbled upon the body of the boy.

Deputies believe the woman's throat had been cut.  The boy had "severe trauma" to his body, Meriwether reported.

Shortly after the surviving children were found, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Casey Hicks says deputies were looking for the driver of a blue Crown Victoria. Detectives have found the blue Crown Victoria and it turns out the car belongs to an elderly couple who had just been driving though the park. They say that car has nothing to do with the bodies or the children found at the park.

The park, located at 7801 Pride-Port Hudson Road, is in the northwest part of East Baton Rouge Parish near the East Feliciana Parish line.

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