Law Street pastor reacts to stabbing death of 4-year-old

Police say a 2-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl were stabbed around 11 a.m. Sunday in the 3100 block of Law Street. They were both taken to hospital by a private car. The 4-year-old girl died in hospital and the 2-year-old boy is in critical condition. Reverend Johnny Arvie has been the pastor of Law Street Baptist Church for 26 years. He told WDSU that the stabbings took place right next to his church during Sunday service. “I gave my card to a family member so he could call me, but that’s about all I can do. And pray for the family and the community. We have a good community here just in this block that I know. Very good community,” Arvie said. He says mental health issues in the city of New Orleans are a big part of incidents like this. “It’s sad. Arvie.Police says the New Orleans Police Department’s Child Abuse Section has arrested 31-year-old Janee Pedescleaux for second-degree murder, attempted murder, and second-degree cruelty to a minor. Detectives say Pedescleaux was taken to the Orleans Justice Center. They say the incident is guardian-related in nature but have not confirmed whether Pedescleaux is the children’s mother.Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham, who is the medical director for the Metropolitan Human Services District, says she thinks mental health was definitely a factor. who hasn’t had a chance to crawl, let alone walk in this lifetime,” Head-Dunham said. Arvie says her congregation will work to help the family. “We just have to keep praying and see what we can do. really all I have to say,” Arvie said. Detective Mario Bravo is the lead detective and can be reached with any information that may help in the investigation. (504) 658-5267

Police say a 2-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl were stabbed around 11 a.m. Sunday in the 3100 block of Law Street. They were both taken to hospital by a private car. The 4-year-old girl died in hospital and the 2-year-old boy is in critical condition.

Reverend Johnny Arvie has been the pastor of Law Street Baptist Church for 26 years. He told WDSU that the stabbings took place right next to his church during Sunday service.

“I gave my card to a family member so they could call me, but that’s about all I can do. And pray for the family and the community. We have a good community here just in this block that I know. Very good community,” Arvie said.

He says mental health issues in the city of New Orleans are a big part of incidents like this.

“It’s sad. I’m concerned about mental illness in our community and in our city,” Arvie said.

Police say the New Orleans Police Department’s Child Abuse Section has arrested 31-year-old Janee Pedescleaux for second-degree murder, attempted murder, and second-degree cruelty to a minor. Detectives say Pedescleaux was taken to the Orleans Justice Center. They say the incident is guardian-related in nature but have not confirmed whether Pedescleaux is the children’s mother.

Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham, who is the medical director for the Metropolitan Human Services District, says she thinks mental health was definitely a factor.

“Clearly a pervasive sense of desperation is in the mix here in order to stop the life of a child who hasn’t had a chance to crawl, let alone walk through this life,” Head-Dunham said.

Arvie says her congregation will work to help the family.

“We just have to keep praying and see what we can do. That’s really all I have to say,” Arvie said.

Child Abuse Detective Mario Bravo is the lead detective and can be contacted with any information that may help in the investigation. (504) 658-5267

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