NOPD: Crock pot assault leads to woman's death

NOPD: Crock pot assault leads to woman's death

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A woman died from her injuries after her boyfriend hit her several times on the leg with a crock pot back in September.

The incident occurred Sept.30 in the 1500 block of Mandeville Street.

New Orleans police said 33-year-old Teita Vaughn and her boyfriend, identified as 43-year-old Antonio Carr, got into an argument that turned physical. Carr grabbed a crock pot and hit Vaughn on the leg multiple times before running from the home. Vaughn was brought to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with a fractured left ankle. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Carr for domestic abuse battery.

According to police, officers were again called to Vaughn's home on Oct. 10 and found her unresponsive. EMTs attempted to resuscitate Vaughn, but were unable to do so. She was pronounced dead on scene. The next day, Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse conducted an autopsy and determined that Vaughn died as a result of a blood clot stemming from the ankle fracture.

On Feb. 25, 2015, witnesses gave their accounts of what happened in the September incident, and they matched the original account. Based on this information, Rouse re-classified Vaughn's death as a homicide. Detective Travis Ward was able to secure an arrest warrant for Carr for manslaughter.

The investigation continues and Carr remains at large. If you have any information that could help locate him, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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