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Fall River man facing 7 charges after allegedly throwing baby, assaulting girlfriend, fleeing from police

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A Fall River man reportedly led police on a chase after some disturbing allegations.

According to the North Smithfield Police, on Saturday at approximately 8:00 p.m., members of the North Smithfield Police Department were dispatched to the area of Taco Bell at Dowling Village for a report of a female standing in the roadway holding an infant in her arms.

Upon officers’ arrival, they contacted a female from Fall River. The woman told officers that she and her boyfriend, identified as Elijah Laferriere of Fall River, were in a verbal argument while they were travelling in a vehicle on Eddie Dowling Highway in North Smithfield.

During the argument, Laferriere, who was driving the vehicle, pulled the vehicle over near Taco Bell. Laferriere then exited the vehicle, opened the rear door to the vehicle and forcibly removed the woman from the vehicle by her hair and shirt and threw her to the ground.

Laferriere then removed two infant/child car seats and threw them to the ground. One of the car seats had the woman’s four-month-old baby strapped into it.

Laferriere fled the scene prior to officers arriving. Laferriere’s girlfriend suffered minor injuries. The child seat containing the baby landed on its side, sparing the baby significant injury. There were witnesses to the incident that provided aid to the woman and her baby until police and rescue personnel arrived.

North Smithfield Police obtained an arrest warrant for Laferriere and put out a “BOLO” for Laferriere on several domestic violence charges.

On Sunday at approximately 1:00 a.m., Woonsocket Police advised North Smithfield that they were in pursuit of a vehicle being operated by Laferriere who was wanted on the above charges.

The pursuit entered into North Smithfield and North Smithfield officers joined the pursuit. Laferriere proceeded on Rt-146 south travelling through, Lincoln, North Providence, Providence, and eventually into Cranston.

Once in Cranston, Laferriere lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree and fence in the front yard of 265 Park Avenue. Laferriere’s vehicle continued onto to Cliffdale Avenue and crashed into another tree before coming to a complete stop.

Laferriere was taken into custody on scene by members of the North Smithfield Police Department. Laferriere was transported to Landmark hospital by officers for evaluation and then transported back to North Smithfield pending an initial appearance before a Justice of the
Peace.

Laferriere was remanded to the ACI in Cranston pending an arraignment in Third District Court on the charges of Simple Assault Domestic, Disorderly Conduct Domestic, Cruelty of Neglect of a Child, Disorderly Conduct, Eluding Law Enforcement, Obstructing Officer in Execution of Duty, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Laferriere also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest from District Court on unrelated assault charges. Additional charges in this case may be pending.

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