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Alexandria Police department officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of Taft Street in reference to an unresponsive nine-month-old infant.

Acadian Ambulance and Alexandria Fire Department were already on scene.

The infant was transported to Rapides Regional Medical Center by Acadian Ambulance where the infant was pronounced deceased.

Detectives and the crime scene unit were called out to investigate which lead to the arrest of Devonte E. Stafford, 21, of Alexandria, who was charged with first degree murder and booked into the Rapides Parish Jail.

The investigation is ongoing.

This is the second infant death in less than two weeks. A 1-year old was reported deceased on January 12, 2020 in the 3000 block of Monroe Street.

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