Louisiana woman is caught on surveillance footage pulling 10 gallon drum containing body of her boyfriend’s little daughter
Six-year-old Bella Fontenelle was strangled and dumped on her mother’s lawn in Louisiana
Bella Fontenelle’s body was found stuffed in a chlorine bucket on her mother’s property on April 26
Her death has been ruled a homicide by ‘manual strangulation, with blunt force trauma to the head
Jefferson Parish authorities believe Hannah Landon killed six-year-old Bella at the home she shared with the girl’s father in Harahan, Louisiana
Landon, 43, who has been arrested for first degree murder and obstruction of justice, is being held without bail
Police records and divorce papers show the suspect and Bella’s mother have been in physical altercations in the past
Hannah Landon, 43, [photo], has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her boyfriend’s six-year-old daughter, stuffing her body into a chlorine bucket and dumping it at the girl’s mother’s house on the night of April 25
A young Louisiana girl has been found dead with her body stuffed inside a chlorine bucket that was left on her mother’s front lawn.
Bella Fontenelle, six, was dumped outside her mother’s home in Harahan. A chilling surveillance video shows a woman nonchalantly dragging a wagon with the plastic bucket on it in the direction of the house the night of April 25.
Victim: Bella Fontenelle, 6, was a kindergartener at St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic School in River Ridge. Her death has been ruled a homicide
The woman in the clip was wearing tall white boots, a red top and black pants.
Jefferson Parish officials now believe Hannah Landon, 43, the longtime girlfriend of the girl’s father, killed six-year-old Bella at the home she shared with the girl’s father in Harahan.
She then allegedly stuffed the body into the 10-gallon chlorine bucket and covered with a lid, which she put on a wagon meant for a child that she pulled over a block away to Bella’s mother’s house, where it was found the next day.
Landon, who also goes by Bunnak Lim and Bunnak Landon, has since been arrested on charges first-degree murder and obstruction of justice in Bella’s death, and is being held without bail.
Security footage captured a woman, presumed to be Hannah Landon, pulling the bucket on a wagon meant for a child the night of April 25
Authorities say Bella’s father reported his girlfriend and youngest daughter missing at around 7.30am on April 26, sparking a missing persons investigation.
At some point during the search, Harahan police decided to search the Bella’s mother’s property less than two blocks away, where they found the bucket with the body inside.
An autopsy later confirmed that Bella, a kindergartener at St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic School in River Ridge, had been murdered with ‘multiple injuries’ reported.
Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich said the cause of death was ‘manual strangulation, with blunt force trauma to the head,’ FOX 8 reports.
During the ensuing investigation, sheriff’s deputies spoke to friends and neighbors, eventually discovering that Ken Livaudais’ Ring camera caught a woman dragging a wagon with the plastic bucket on top of it down the road at around 9.35pm Tuesday night.
‘To know that she was pulling a little baby stuffed into a bucket makes you physically ill,’ he told NOLA.com.
After she allegedly dumped the body, authorities say, Landon entered a police station asking for transport to a local hospital. She was then located and arrested at the hospital the next day.
Police investigate the home shared by Bella’s father and Bella Fontenelle in Harahan, Louisiana
Authorities say Bella’s father called the police station on April 26 to report that his youngest daughter and girlfriend were missing
A motive for the murder remains unclear, but police records and divorce papers show that Landon and Bella’s mother have been in physical altercations in the past.
In 2021, the two women got into a physical fight at a swim meet for one of the daughters, and the father had to intervene.
Police records show Bella’s mother called the police, and told officers that Landon had tried to block another relative from hugging her daughter.
She said Landon slapped away her hand, grabbed her hair and began attacking her.
Neighbors and friends have described Bella as a sweet little girl who was extremely friendly
Bella’s mother was left with scratches on her face and hand, records show.
The report also says that Landon was ‘extremely uncooperative’ before accusing Bella’s mother of attacking her first.
In the aftermath, Landon was given a Harahan municipal summons for simple battery, and she filed a restraining order against Bella’s mother, which was later denied.
Several months later the two women engaged in another physical altercation at one of the daughters’ soccer games.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto held a press conference to discuss the investigation into the killing of 6-year-old Bella Fontenelle in Harahan
Authorities, though, say they do not believe Bella’s mother or father were involved in her death.
Police Chief Ed Lepre says his office is working to get justice for the little girl.
‘We’re going to work to the end to make sure we get a conviction,’ he told FOX 8.
‘This is a small baby and any family would be devastated,’ he added. ‘I could only imagine what the mother and father are going through right now.’