FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has confirmed an arrest in connection with a triple murder in Lauderdale Lakes.
Lineten Belizaire, 20, was arrested Sunday by Miami-Dade Police.
In bond court Monday, the judge said Belizaire was charged with the murders of Octavia Barnett, 21, her roommate Natasha Plummer, 25, and Plummer’s 6-month-old son, Carlton Stringer Jr.
Their bodies were found Sunday, January 15th inside their apartment at 2750 Somerset Drive in Lauderdale Lakes.
“To have a triple homicide in our county is horrendous,” said BSO Sheriff Al Lamberti. “When they got inside the crime scene, even the veteran investigators had a tough time dealing with it.”
The only survivor of the triple murder was 11-month-old Ladinian Belizaire who is believed to be the suspect’s son. The baby is currently staying an undisclosed foster home.
Lamberti said they were led to Belizaire through a Facebook posting that Barnett posted to her account moments before the crime took place. She posted on her page that Belizaire was outside her apartment.
A second man, Tevin Montogomery, petitioned for custody of the child at a hearing last week. He claimed he was the child’s father even though his name is not on the child’s birth certificate, he did not live with Barnett or the child, nor was he making any child support payments. Montgomery was ordered to submit to a DNA paternity test to prove his relationship to the child.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office is planning a 3:30 p.m. news conference regarding Belizaire’s arrest.