A North Carolina man charged with killing his girlfriend’s 10-month-old daughter begged her to “please don’t die on me” while frantically trying to resuscitate the child, a 911 call released by authorities has revealed.
Marcus Larenzo Alston, 20, allegedly called 911 and told an emergency dispatcher that Laniyh Pierce was not breathing, begging the emergency dispatcher to send help to his Raleigh apartment at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday.
“I’m doing mouth-to-mouth and doing the child CPR. Nothing’s working She’s got like boogers and stuff coming out of her nose while I do the CPR. Please send somebody quickly,” a man, identified as Alston, said in the 911 call made public Wednesday.
Alston was babysitting little Laniyh and her twin brother while their mother was working, according to reports. Alston spent approximately five minutes on the phone with the dispatcher performing mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions, WNCN reported.
“Come on. You can’t die on me. Don’t die on me. Please don’t die on me. Come on, baby girl,” the caller pleaded.
Laniyh was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after first responders arrived at the apartment.
Prosecutors said the child suffered a severely lacerated kidney and liver, The News & Observer reported. She also had four fractured ribs, which may have been caused by attempts at resuscitation, authorities said.
When police arrived at the scene, the child was cool to the touch and rigor mortis had begun setting in, prosecutors said.
Alston was the only adult home at the time of the incident, officials said.
He allegedly made at least two statements to police that were inconsistent with the baby’s injuries, The News & Observer wrote.
Describing himself as someone who didn’t sugar coat things for the benefit of those he cared about, Alston wrote in a September 23 Facebook post: “I’m not perfect, no one is, but we can strive for it. We can learn from our mistakes and pass it on, we can be positive and look towards the future.”
He referred to Laniyh and her brother as his “adopted” children on Facebook, often sharing pictures of the two and writing that he loved them.
“Good men do exist,” he wrote on September 25.
According to his social media profile, Alston is an actor, model and singer.
He also served as the president of the Guest Advisory Council at the South Wilmington Street Center, an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless men, his Facebook profile said.
Angel Fuentes, who works at the center, said Alston’s position was voluntary and that he once lived there. “He was a resident here a couple months ago,” Fuentes told InsideEdition.com. “From what I remember, he seemed like a nice guy.”
Fuentes said he was shocked to hear of Alston’s arrest, calling the entire incident “sad.”
“The first thing [I thought] was, ‘really?’ I never could have imagined it,” he said.
Laniyh’s mother thanked loved ones for their prayers and condolences, but noted on social media that neither she nor her family would be speaking about what happened.
Alston was charged with murder and felony child abuse.
He appeared on court Wednesday where he was ordered held without bond. He remains in custody at the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, online records show.
His next court appearance is slated for November 7.