Sunday, January 10, 2021

Pregnant mom ‘scalded baby to death in bath before begging for cash online’

A PREGNANT mom allegedly scalded her toddler to death in a hot bath, then posted photos and a video of his funeral online and begged for money.



Laureen McArthur, 27, is accused of fatally injuring her 14-month-old son Dominique at their home in Union City, Tennessee, on November 10.



Lauren McArthur allegedly killed her toddler son Dominique.



In a Facebook post Tuesday, Union City police said officers began investigating the case after a child with severe burns was admitted to Arkansas Children’s Hospital on November 10.

Investigators determined that the little boy had been “scalded by bath water over 47 percent of his body,” according to authorities.

The toddler died four days later in an Arkansas hospital burn unit, police said.


Dominique died in a children's hospital burn unit after being scalded by bath water, police said.

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McArthur - who has a tattoo across her chest which reads, "family over everything" - was arrested and charged with negligent homicide and child abuse on Tuesday, after issuing a plea for cash on her Facebook account, and sharing photos and a video of Dominique’s funeral.

The alleged killer posted a link to her Cashapp account the day after Dominique was admitted to hospital, and wrote: "If y’all wanna send me some money my Cashapp is $hannahp2000 any lil bit will help right now fr (IM NOT PUTING NOTHING ON FB BOUT IT AS OF RIGHT NOW."

She announced Dominique’s death on November 14, writing: "We love you baby boy".


Laureen Mcarthur, has been charged with child abuse and negligent homicide in connection with the child's death.

McArthur also shared a link to a GoFundMe page set up under the name "China Smith" to pay for Dominique’s funeral and "help ease the pain and burden for the family".



Before being arrested, McArthur shared multiple photoshopped images of her late son as an angel, and also uploaded videos of a balloon release held in his honor. She paid numerous tributes to Dominque on Facebook, writing "RIH" (rest in heaven).

Dominique died from his injuries on November 14.



McArthur also uploaded images from the funeral including snaps of pallbearers carrying Dominique’s small white coffin to his grave, and a 15 minute video of a pastor conducting the service.

In May, she shared several photos of Dominique with the caption: "Looking just like his daddy and I hate it".

Investigators have yet to share further details on the circumstances surrounding Dominique’s death.


Officers say Dominique's fatal burns were caused by scalding bath water on over 47 percent of his body.

Mcarthur was arrested in Cullman, Alabama and was extradited on Monday to Obion County.

The incident came just two weeks after McArthur announced on social media that she was pregnant with another child.



In a Facebook post on October 28, she wrote: "Well we are having a girl" and attached what appeared to be a medical record related to the pregnancy.

"(Girls are) a hand full," she added.

McArthur remains in Olbion County Jail ahead of her next court hearing.