Video captured a Louisiana woman allegedly dragging a bucket containing the body of her boyfriend’s slain 6-year-old daughter before dumping it outside the home of the girl’s mother.
Bunnak “Hannah” Landon, 43, was charged with first-degree murder and obstruction of justice after she was seen wheeling the chlorine bucket in a wagon in the New Orleans suburb of Harahan about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25.
Inside was the body of Bella Fontenelle, who had been beaten and strangled, the New Orleans Advocate reported, citing Jefferson Parish Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich.
Landon lived with Bella’s dad and little sister on Donelon Drive, where she allegedly killed the girl before placing her body into the bucket and taking it to nearby Sedgfield Drive.
Bella’s father, who has not been named, reported Bella and his girlfriend missing to police about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, Sheriff Joseph Lopinto told WDSU.
Police launched an investigation and went to the biological mom’s home, where they found the bucket on the front lawn about an hour later.
“When they opened up the bucket, they found the 6-year-old deceased,” Lopinto told the Advocate.
Investigators then canvassed the neighborhood and obtained surveillance footage from several homes, including a video showing a woman matching Landon’s description wheeling the bucket.
She was located at an area hospital about 2 p.m. Wednesday and taken into custody.
The sheriff’s office said Landon had been transported to the hospital for an evaluation after she showed up at the Harahan Police Department. It was unclear what she was evaluated for.
Neither of Bella’s biological parents is believed to have been involved in the gruesome killing, Lopinto said.
Cvitanovich, the coroner, said the preliminary autopsy showed Bella’s cause of death to be “manual strangulation along with blunt force injuries to the head,” WWL reported.
“I want to add that Bella’s body was intact and contrary to public speculation, there was no dismemberment of any kind,” he said. “Child deaths are always terrible, especially ones like this that should not have happened. Quite honestly, it’s personal for all of us.”
According to court documents from 2021 cited by WDSU, Landon was named as a suspect in a country club incident that led to injuries on the face and hands of Bella’s mother.
Landon was cited for simple battery, but it’s unclear what the resolution of the case was after she filed a temporary restraining order against the child’s mother, claiming she feared she would suffer injury, loss or damage, the outlet reported.