Shreveport Police detectives have now charged a local man with murder following their investigation into the death of a small child earlier this week.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. on January 9, 2017, Shreveport Police patrol officers were called to a home located in the 1500 block of Earl Street after being informed that an infant child present at the residence was discovered not breathing. The child, identified as 11 month old Mar’sharrd Ross, was transported via ambulance, to University Health hospital and listed in critical condition upon arrival there. Shreveport Police Violent Crimes detectives arrived at the Earl Street home and immediately began an inquiry into what transpired prior to police arrival.

It was learned in the preliminary stages of the investigation that Ross had been brought to the home from another residence and dropped off earlier that morning by 44 year old Frederick Clark, of the 6400 block of Joy Drive in Shreveport. It was further learned that Clark had previously been in custody of Ross for an extended period of time prior to his bringing the child to the Earl Street home. Based on evidence gathered during authorities probe of the incident, Clark was arrested and initially charged with Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile. As the investigation continued, authorities were informed the child passed away on January 9, from complications. Subsequent to an autopsy, the death of Ross was determined to be a homicide; resulting in charges against Clark to be upgraded to Second Degree Murder. Clark, who has been officially charged in the investigation is currently housed in the Caddo Correctional Center. Bond in the matter is set at one million dollars.