The death of a three-year-old Bronx girl was ruled a homicide yesterday, and police are now looking to question the girl's stepfather. India Durant was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, after police responded to a 911 call. India's stepfather, known as "Billy Bob," was with her when she died while her mother, Lauren Durant, was at work, according to family friend Jimmy Truesdale.
Billy Bob had told cops that India had fallen off a chair, but the medical examiner said the girl's injuries were inconsistent with that type of fall—they ruled that India died of blunt force trauma to the chest and other internal injuries. A relative told the Post that Billy Bob had spoken to the family before seemingly disappearing: "He said India said she felt sleepy, then she fell from the chair and 911 was called...then I heard she went into cardiac arrest from the doctors working on her. I knew that wasn't the reason she passed."
Truesdale says that Billy Bob, who has an older son with Durant, and had lived with her for at least ten years even though they weren't married, wasn't a bad man: "He was a good father. He was always with his kids, he wasn't a street guy."