Man arrested after throwing baby, woman in road; pursuit leads to multiple crashes

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – A Fall River, Mass. man is facing domestic assault and neglect charges after throwing a woman her 4-month-old baby into a roadway, then leading police on a chase that led to multiple crashes.

Elijah Laferriere, 25, was arrested on Sunday, June 27 and charged with domestic assault; domestic disorderly conduct; cruelty or neglect of a child; disorderly conduct; eluding law enforcement; obstructing an officer in the execution of duty and possession of a controlled substance.

According to police, the incident began on Saturday, June 26 around 8:30 p.m. when officers were called to the area of Taco Bell at Dowling Village for a report of a female standing in the roadway holding an infant in her arms.

The woman, Nicole Rodier of Fall River, Mass., reportedly told police that she and her boyfriend, Laferriere, were in a verbal argument while they were traveling in a vehicle on Eddie Dowling Highway. Rodier said Laferriere, the operator of the vehicle pulled the vehicle over, opened the rear door and forcibly removed her, grabbing her by her hair and shirt and throwing her to the ground.

The victim said Lafferriere then removed two infant/child car seats and threw them to the ground – one of which had Rodier’s 4-month-old baby strapped inside, before leaving the scene.

Rodier reportedly suffered minor injuries, and the child seat containing the baby landed on its side, sparing the baby significant injury. Witnesses to this incident provided aid to Rodier and her baby until police and rescue
personnel arrived, according to reports on the incident.

North Smithfield police obtained an arrest warrant for Laferriere and the following day around 1 p.m., Woonsocket police said they were in pursuit of his vehicle. The chase entered North Smithfield where the suspect drove onto 146 South, traveling through, Lincoln, North Providence, Providence, and eventually into Cranston. Once in Cranston, Laferriere reportedly lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree and fence in the front yard of 265 Park Avenue. He reportedly continued onto to Cliffdale Avenue and crashed into another tree before coming to a stop.

Laferriere was taken into custody on scene by members of the North Smithfield Police Department and transported to Landmark Medical Center for evaluation. He was remanded to the ACI in Cranston pending an arraignment in Third District Court on June 28.

Laferriere also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest unrelated to the assault. Additional charges may be pending according to police.

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