A community in Ohio is reeling after a beautiful baby girl was murdered by her own mother.
Lachelle Martina Marie Anderson, 17, stabbed her one-year-old baby, Lalanna Sharpe, to death before calling 911 to seek help, police say.
She has been arrested and charged with one count of murder, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
When authorities arrived at Anderson’s home they discovered a truly gruesome and horrific scene. Baby Lalanna had been stabbed several times.
She was rushed to nearby Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 1.28am – roughly 50 minutes after her mom called 911.
Sgt. Jeff Strayer said: ‘Through the process of investigation, we felt comfortable enough to charge her [Lachelle] with murder.’
He added that there was at least one other person inside the two-story home at the time of the murder.
Columbus police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis said that an autopsy was planned for Sunday.
‘Any homicide is a tragedy, but for a baby to have her life brutally taken is devastating for her family, the community and our officers (both) on the scene and investigating this case,’ Alex-Bouzounis said in a press release.
A man claiming to be the victim’s uncle wrote a heartbreaking Facebook tribute to baby Lalanna.
‘My heart hurts so much the pain is so unthinkable it eats me up everytime. I think about it why my baby why she was nothing but smiles and joy I love u so much niecey.’
‘Uncle loves you with all his heart s*** just so unreal and thank you everyone for the prayers and talks they were well needed today,’ the post reads.
Although no official motive has been given to why Anderson killed her daughter, it’s believed the teen suffered from postpartum depression.
Neighbor Ben Price said that this situation has been very difficult on the family.
‘She’s really a good kid,’ Price told the Dispatch. ‘These are good, God-fearing people.’