JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi man and his 1-year-old daughter died Thursday after officials say he kidnapped her, fled from the police, and then shot the girl and himself on a Mississippi Delta highway.
Holmes County Sheriff Willie March told The Associated Press that he will be the third day this week that the 23-year-old Lavonta Lloyd had sought to keep the girl from her mother.
“It is a terrible situation,” March said.
March said Lloyd first took his daughter Kamaya Lloyd of a day care on Monday, but Kamaya was returned to her mother later that evening. Then, on Tuesday, deputies were named as Lloyd again at the mother’s home in the 400-person town of cruger, about 70 miles (110 km) north of Jackson. Deputies chased Lloyd single railroad, but lost his trail after he escaped in a cornfield. March said deputies were called off the search because someone escaped from the county jail.
March confirmed that the mother of Kimberly Outlaw, who filed a domestic violence petition Monday against Lloyd in Holmes County Chancery Court. A judge didn’t hear the case before Lloyd’s death. March said that he did not know if Lloyd knew Outlaw was the pursuit of the costs.
On Thursday, Outlaw’s mother called March early in the morning to say Lloyd loved Outlaw run. March said Lloyd fled cruger before deputies arrived, but after he reportedly shot. No one was injured.
That set off a 30-mile (50-kilometer) chase, as the deputies pursued Lloyd about three provinces in the area of the Mississippi Delta. For the achievement of an obstruction, Lloyd’s truck veered off the road and into a deep ditch in the vicinity of Moorhead, in Sunflower County.
March said deputies couldn’t see the truck in the ditch and the truck’s tinted windows. A shield was brought to the scene to protect delegates, March said, but when they broke open the window, they find Lloyd and the little girl is dead.
“The baby was on top of him and had been shot,” Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks, whose representatives also took part in the pursuit, told The Greenwood Commonwealth.
The police records show Lloyd was twice arrested in Jackson on domestic violence charges in 2016 and 2017, but a preliminary investigation of the court records, there was no convictions.
An earlier version of this story was corrected to fix the spelling of the name of the man to Lavonta Lloyd in place of Lavonte Lloyd.
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