Allen Parish authorities investigating child's death

Bobby Davis Jr. (SOURCE: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)
Bobby Davis Jr. (SOURCE: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)

OBERLIN, LA (KPLC) - Bond has been set for a suspect arrested in a case involving a child's death in Allen Parish.

Bobby Davis Jr. remains in jail on $100,000 bond. He has been charged with aggravated battery.

More charges are possible, said Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert, pending the autopsy report. Authorities said they still await the report.

Allen Parish authorities said the Sheriff's Office received a call Thursday afternoon from Allen Parish Hospital officials who reported a deceased 2-year-old girl with severe third-degree burns on her back.

Now, investigators with the APSO are pointing fingers at 28-year-old Davis Jr., reportedly the mother's live-in boyfriend, who they believe is responsible for the young girl's death.

"After 20 years in law enforcement, it's probably the saddest thing I've seen or would ever see again," Hebert said.

The 2-year-old victim, Tatiana Holyfield, suffered third-degree burns by means of a space heater, something Hebert said was a red flag for child abuse.

"She didn't fall on the heater. The heater didn't fall on her. Physical contact with that heater was made to happen over a prolonged period. Long enough for the metal grating to burn through the skin and the flesh to the bone," Hebert said.

While the mother of Tatiana was at work, Davis was watching the young girl at her home. And after much investigation, law enforcement pinned Davis as the one responsible for the abuse.

Hebert said it is one of the worst cases of child abuse he's ever seen.

Numerous bruises and cuts were also discovered on the toddler's body throughout the investigation.

"There's no punishment that will ever replace or be true justice for that child," Hebert said. "It's another one of those memories I wish I didn't have."

Hebert said Davis does not have a criminal record and this is his first arrest.

"We're taking every precaution to make sure that this investigation is done right and properly and so that the person responsible hopefully gets to spend the rest of his life in jail," he said.

Currently, no bond is set for Davis. And as of right now, Hebert said there is no evidence linking the mother to her daughter's death.

Hebert said he expects the case to be ruled a homicide but authorities are awaiting a coroner's report for a cause of death to make that determination.

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