The Bywater man suspected of fatally stabbing his 18-month-old daughter early Tuesday told police that he let her bleed out for hours after repeatedly stabbing her in the heart with a serrated kitchen knife, according to an arrest warrant.
Police said in the warrant that Mark Selassie Hambrick, 45, told him he killed his daughter because “God told him to murder his child so the state of Louisiana can kill him so he can be resurrected.”
However, the young girl identified on social media as Amina did not die of the four stab wounds he delivered to her heart, Hambrick told police. He said she cried as he held her for around five hours, hoping she would bleed to death. In the end he resorted to suffocating her to end her life, according to the warrant.
Police said that Hambrick gave the “gruesome” account of killing his daughter after he was advised of his right to a lawyer.
The warrant says that despite Hambrick’s bizarre explanation for the killing, he admitted that “he knew what he did was wrong.”
Police are investigating whether Hambrick may have suffered from mental illness or substance abuse problems, according to Superintendent Michael Harrison.
The killing shocked Hambrick’s neighbors in the tidy 3100 block of North Rampart Street. Police were summoned there by a call from Hambrick himself about 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Detective Njiel Baddoo said that after he arrived he found the young victim lying in a bed with several stab wounds to her upper left chest.
Several neighbors said they could not make sense of the killing, which claimed the life of a happy young girl being raised in the household of a family with all the trappings of success.
Hambrick is an analyst for the Sewerage and Water Board. Before that he was the deputy chief administrative officer for the government of Jackson, Mississippi, and a consultant for a company in Slidell.
The child’s mother, Monika Gerhart-Hambrick, is the director of Baton Rouge’s Office of Community Development. She was at work when the killing occurred.