- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Dental records have confirmed that a body found in a ditch was a pregnant woman whose disappearance last week led to the kidnapping arrest of a Baton Rouge middle school’s assistant principal, a coroner said Thursday.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark said an autopsy showed 40-year-old Lyntell Washington died from a gunshot wound to her head. Clark’s office ruled that her death was a homicide.

Police arrested 39-year-old Robert Marks on child kidnapping and child desertion charges last week after Washington’s 3-year-old daughter was found alone near her mother’s car last Thursday.

Marks is an assistant principal at Brookstown Magnet Honors Academy, where Washington worked as an instructional specialist.

A co-worker told investigators that Washington was seven months pregnant with Marks’ child and had threatened to tell Marks’ wife about their extramarital affair, according to a police report.

Last Thursday, Washington’s daughter told detectives that “Mr. Robbie” had hurt her mother and that her mother was now “sleeping,” the report said. The child also said she heard a bang and saw her mom “shaking.”

Police found blood in Washington’s car. Her body was found Tuesday in a roadside ditch in Iberville Parish, west of Baton Rouge.

Marks told investigators he last saw Washington at a Wal-Mart in Baker about 8 or 9 p.m. last Wednesday, the police report said. However, police said records for cellphones belonging to Marks and Washington showed the phones traveled to Iberville Parish later Wednesday night, arriving there about 9:45 p.m. and leaving approximately 15 minutes later before returning to Baton Rouge.

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