Crime

Mother accused of throwing children off Cross Lake bridge extradited back to Shreveport

Ureka Black, 32, who is accused of throwing her two children off Cross Lake bridge on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, resulting in the death of one, was extradited back to Shreveport Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 and taken to the city’s jail.
source KSLA

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – A woman accused of throwing her two children off the Cross Lake bridge, resulting in the death of one of them, has been extradited back to Shreveport.

Ureka Black, 32, was initially arrested Friday, Sept. 24 at the Texas state line by the Waskom Police Department. On Sunday, Sept. 26, she was transported to the Shreveport City Jail, where she was booked around 12:30 p.m. Black is facing charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, according to booking records. No bond has been set at this time.

KSLA’s crews were on scene at SPD headquarters Sunday afternoon when a patrol car with Black inside arrived. She did not exit the vehicle before being taken around the corner to the city jail. It appears she became uncooperative with officers.

Ureka Black, 32, who is accused of throwing her two children off Cross Lake bridge on Friday,...
Ureka Black, 32, who is accused of throwing her two children off Cross Lake bridge on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, resulting in the death of one, was extradited back to Shreveport Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 and taken to the city’s jail.(KSLA)

Black is accused of throwing her two young children off the Cross Lake bridge. Initially, it was believed a third child was in the water, however, after hours of searching, detectives were able to determine the child was safe and was never in the water.

Court records from Bossier and Caddo parishes show Black has been in and out of jail a number of times since 2007. She has been charged with prostitution, drug possession, and pandering, among other crimes. Back in 2010, she was also charged with aggravated arson after reportedly setting a home on fire.Autoplay1 of 7Shreveport officials are searching for someone in the water at Cross Lake.

Authorities were first called out Friday morning when a neighbor saw a small child in the water. That infant was found dead. Another child was rescued from the water and taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. On Saturday, a drive-thru birthday party was held for that boy, who had his birthday on Sept. 23, just one day before being thrown into the lake.

Black’s mugshot is not yet available.

Written by Rachael Thomas

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