Bossier man booked with murder in toddler daughter’s death

Published 10:49 am Wednesday, January 23, 2008

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — The father of a Bossier City toddler was booked with first-degree charges in the child’s death from a head injury.

Lance David Thamm was being held without bond in Bossier Maximum Security Facility on Tuesday, according to the Bossier sheriff’s office. His charge was upgraded from attempted first-degree murder after his 17-month-old daughter, Isabella Thamm, died Tuesday at Christus-Schumpert Hospital St. Mary’s Place.

The child had been in critical condition since undergoing surgery there Friday night.

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Bossier City police violent crimes detectives say the 34-year-old father bashed the girl’s head into a doorjamb because she would not stop crying, according to city spokesman Mark Natale.

It happened Friday at an apartment complex where the father and child lived with the child’s mother. The mother was away at the time of the incident but called 911 upon arriving home after speaking with Thamm on the phone.

Thamm told the mother the child was hurt and he didn’t know what happened, police said. The child was taken to the hospital, where staffers called Bossier City police saying the child had suffered a life-threatening head injury that appeared to have been inflicted intentionally.