Inside Prison Walls or on the Outside:Life is fragile

Whether you’re locked down behind prison walls or on the streets of America; there is still a likelihood that at any given moment, your life can be stolen. Just like that!! Here, in Northeast Louisiana in Morehouse, Ouachita & Union parishes; all have seen deaths while in custody of Corrections, or Law Enforcement detainment in lieu of arrest or apprehension.

“Our thoughts are that anyone in custody should be held secure from the deprivation of Life.  No, person held in any form of custody, should fear the loss of life;  whether at the hands of the authorities or other inmates, while incarcerated.  If, an inmate is physically or mentally ill, the proper practices should be in place.” 

Natasha Mckenna, died, after being subdued in a Fairfax, Virginia detention facility, ‘saying you promised you wouldn’t hurt me’. 

The young teen who died in a Morehouse parish detention facility, had medical issues and received traumatic injuries, according to several sources. 

Another 58 year old Black man, Erie Moore; died in a Shreveport Hospital after injuries sustained in Ouachita parish’s, Richwood Correctional Center.  Those injuries were sustained in a fight with another inmate; for which, that inmate was put in the cell, with an individual he [Erie Moore] had fought already.  That individual died.

OPSO investigating inmate death

UPDATE: Louisiana State Police Taking Over Death Investigation

By Jeane Franseen |, Ashley Lee

Published 06/22 2015 04:24PM-Updated 06/23 2015 10:33PM

TUESDAY UPDATE  — Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs tells us that Louisiana State Police has taken over the investigation into Edwin Battaglia’s death.
Battaglia was found dead Monday morning in a holding cell in the Morehouse Parish Jail.
His body was sent to Little Rock for autopsy.

MOREHOUSE PARISH– A northeast Louisiana teenager has died while in the custody of authorities.
It happened in Morehouse Parish.
According to Sheriff Mike Tubbs, 18-year-old Edwin Battaglia died at 6:30 this morning while in a holding cell.
Battaglia had been held at the jail since June 13’th, and was placed the holding cell for protection.
We are told Battaglia was originally arrested on synthetic drug charges and then bonded out.
His bond was recently revoked and he was arrested.
His mother, Leighla Battaglia, says her son had been suffering from severe migraines and was receiving medical treatment for his condition.
She says when her son was arrested she was assured he would continue to receive medial attention if the symptoms occurred while in custody.
Leighla says her son made several calls home complaining about his headaches and begging for help.
We are told the victim was in custody for over a week and never received medical attention.
Leighla says an inmate used her sons calling card to call and tell her what happened. She says when she saw her son for the last time he had large lumps on his head and cuts on his face.

UPDATE –The death of Morehouse Parish inmate, 18-year-old Edwin Battaglia, leaves some unanswered questions and a very distraught mother.
“All I could do was try to hold my son…That’s all i got. That’s my second child,” says Leighla Battaglia/ Mother.
Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs responded to the mother’s reaction assuring that any unresolved questions would be answered.

“Probably 95 percent if not 100 percent of everything that occurred there occurred under camera. So all of those files are being downloaded. I feel certain that any injuries received by Mr. Battaglia would be able to be confirmed and documented off of the video,” says Sheriff Mike Tubbs.

Battaglia died at 6:30 Monday morning after nine days in Morehouse Parish jail custody.
He was admitted to a holding cell after officers noticed unusual behavior. Sheriff Tubbs says he was placed in the holding cell for his protection.

“He had been under increased surveillance due to exhibiting some bizarre behaviors. He wasn’t necessarily on suicide watch but basically on a heightened watch,” says Sheriff Mike Tubbs.

The teen’s mother, Leighla Battaglia, said her son had been suffering from severe headaches. According to Leighla, he had been receiving medical treatment prior to his arrest. She says she was assured her son would receive medical attention if symptoms occurred while in custody. Leighla says her son made several calls home complaining about the severity of his headaches.

“He called me and told me mama my head’s hurting. I called the jail then and also told them his heads hurting. The nurses told yall if it’s anything with his head get him back to the hospital he needs medical attention.” says Leighla Battaglia/ Mother.

We’re told Battaglia never received treatment.
“They let my baby die in there. They didn’t take him to the hospital,” says Leighla Battaglia/ Mother.

Battaglia was originally arrested for possession of synthetic drugs and out on bond. But his bond was revoked and he was arrested again. State police are now handling the investigation into his death.
“They were contacted yesterday. They had began an investigation questioning jail staff, other inmates and witnesses at the jail,” says Sheriff Mike Tubbs.
Tubbs said the safety of the inmates is a top priority.

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UPDATE: MPD Concludes Green Oaks Death Investigation

By Taylor Thompson | tthompson@nbc10news.netPublished 09/25 2015 12:09PM-Updated 10/20 2015 06:14PM


UPDATE: Monroe Police has concluded their investigation of the death that occurred September 24, 2015 at the Green Oaks Detention Center.

After a thorough review of all evidence in the case, it was determined that the death of Larry Bowman was the result of a suicide.

The case is being forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

No further information will be given until the District Attorney’s Office concludes its review.


Update: Teen’s Family Questions Circumstances of Death at Green Oaks Detention Center

Larry Bowman’s family says he was an artistic 16-year-old, who mostly kept to himself.

Carl Brown, his father, says,”He loved to sing and stuff like that. He was a really good guy to me. He was my son and my friend too.”

His grandfather, Aaron Bowman, says a theft charge landed him at the Green Oaks Detention Center earlier this year.

“He was a good boy, but he did what kids do. Sometimes they screw up,” says Bowman.

Larry’s family says he was close to finishing his time at the detention center, but sadly, he didn’t come home.

His parents say detention center employees informed them the death was a suicide, but they believe there is more to the story.

“He is my son. Now he is gone,” says Brown.

Bowman says, “This happened all of the sudden. We want to know what happened. We aren’t giving up, not giving up.”

They say Larry had been excited about soon enlisting in a bootcamp for troubled kids and wanted to turn his life around.

“He was going to come home and go to Youth Challenge. Thats where he was happy about going to straighten up his life,” says Brown.

Now, the family says the just want answers on what went wrong.

“Something bad happened. We want to know as soon as possible,” Bowman.

Larry’s father says, “I just want justice. We need to get to the bottom of this and find out what happened. I am going to miss him. I truly am.”

Monroe police are currently investigating the death.


Original Story:

Monroe Police says they are investigating the death of a juvenile in custody.

Police Chief Quentin Holmes tells KTVE/KARD a 16-year-old has died at the Green Oaks Juvenile Detention Center.

The investigation is on-going, and we will have more details as they become available.


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