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Police arrest mother's boyfriend in murder of Metairie infant

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METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Police made an arrest in the death of a infant who they now believe was killed by his mother's boyfriend.

Police arrested 27-year-old Troy Kelley on one count of First Degree Murder in the death of 15-month-old Semaj Batiste. Kelly is the boyfriend of Semaj Batiste's mother, Alencia Batiste.

After being questioned by police, Kelly told detectives he became angry over the infant's behavior while he was bathing him and two of his siblings Thursday night. According to police, Kelly confessed that he grabbed Semaj by the arm and slung him across the bathroom causing him to hurt his head and upper body.

According to police, Kelly admitted he knew the infant was severely hurt, but didn't seek medical help.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Norman Newell said officers were not called to the scene until 7:17 a.m. by Samej's mother. First responding officers and EMS arrived on the scene and pronounced the child dead.

An autopsy revealed that the boy sustained blunt force trauma and internal injuries. 

Kelly has a prior criminal history with arrests for Simple Battery, numerous narcotics charges, Resisting an Officer and Unauthorized entry of an Inhibited Dwelling. 

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