Raleigh man charged with death of 10-month-old girl

Marcus Larenzo Alston
Marcus Larenzo Alston

A 20-year-old man charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 10-month-old daughter was left to care for the girl and a twin sibling while their mother was away at work, a Wake County prosecutor said Wednesday.

The child’s mother was still at work at 8:15 p.m. when Marcus Larenzo Alston of 827 Suffolk Blvd. called 911 and told an emergency dispatcher that 10-month-old Laniyh Pierce was not breathing.

Firefighters and paramedics with emergency medical services arrived at the home and found the child “cold to the touch,” Wake prosecutor Meredith Parris said during Alston’s first court appearance Wednesday afternoon. Alston had been arrested the day before in Angier.

Parris said Laniyh suffered a severely lacerated kidney and liver. She also had four possible rib fractures that could be attributed to EMS workers’ efforts to resuscitate her.

Parris said Alston made at least two statements to police that were inconsistent with the child’s injuries.

In addition to murder charges, police charged Alston with felony child abuse of Laniyh, according to an arrest warrant made public Wednesday. Parris said Alston was the only adult in the home when the incident occurred.

In a 911 call made public Wednesday, a man, who Parris thinks was Alston, told an operator that a 10-month-old girl was not breathing.

“I’m doing the child CPR. Nothing’s working!” the man said. “You can’t die on me. Don’t die. Don’t die,” the man is heard pleading in the short time before the operator tells him that paramedics are on the way and that she will talk him through cardiopulmonary resuscitation to make sure he was doing it correctly.

The man sounds worried in the recording and complies with all the operator’s instructions to give the girl short puffs of air and to use two-finger chest compressions.

Emergency workers who arrived pronounced Laniyh dead at the scene, police said.

Alston, outfitted in an orange- and white-striped jail jumpsuit, was represented by public defender Charles Caldwell. Alston is being held without benefit of bail at the Wake County jail.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @tmcdona75589225