MARRERO, LA (WVUE) - A Marrero man has been arrested in connection with the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
On April 24 at around 8:20 a.m., JPSO officers responded to reports of a medical emergency on Allo Avenue. Deputies met with 27-year-old Seth Redell, who directed them to an unresponsive child, identified as Hayden Umbenhower.
Redell told investigators he was the boyfriend of the child's mother and was caring for the child while she was out of town. Redell said the child had a minor fall near the back door of the home, causing him to lose consciousness. Redell said he carried the child to the shower and ran cold water on him in an effort to revive him. The child was taken to University Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for severe internal head injuries.
While at Redell's home, officers a heavy odor of marijuana present, according to the Sheriff's Office, and they also saw marijuana and drug paraphernalia in plain view. As a result, Redell was issued a summons for possession.
Under questioning, Redell told a detective what happened to the child, allegedly changed his story several times about how the child was actually injured.
On April 24, Redell was arrested for second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. The Sheriff's Office said Redell has prior arrests for possession of marijuana and aggravated robbery in 2007 in Ohio.
University Hospital doctors determined that Hayden sustained subdural hematomas, brain swelling and retinal hemorrhaging in both eyes, which they said was consistent with signs of "shaken baby syndrome."
On April 29, Hayden died.
A warrant was issued for Redell for second-degree murder. Detectives learned that he had bonded out of the JPCC on the cruelty charge and was living with his parents on Lake Erie in Harvey. He was taken into custody there and re-booked into the JPCC.