NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Timothy Thompson IV, the 2-year-old whose body was found in a plastic garbage bag near the Huey P. Long bridge in July, was laid to rest today.
The funeral service came more than two months after investigators found his body July 6 in a plastic garbage bag on the east bank of the Mississippi River levee near the Huey P. Long Bridge.
The child’s grandmother, Laverne Thompson, called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office because she hadn’t seen him for weeks. The investigation led deputies to a grave on the levee.
His death was ruled a homicide, and his parents, Onterio Thompson and Gabrielle Whittington, are both facing second-degree murder charges in connection with the toddler's death.
Laverne Thompson has since taken custody of the couple's other children, and she spoke lovingly of the toddler, "He's my baby, he's not an animal and he was buried like an animal, but he's my baby.
Compassionate Burials for Indigent Babies, a nonprofit that holds funerals for children whose families can't afford them, helped to make the service possible. Lise Niccari, of CBIB said, "We are very privileged to be able to bury this baby, because once hearing that it was in a garbage bag and found under a bridge...he's just a beautiful baby that you'd just want to kiss with those dimples."