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Hostage slain by escaped Louisiana inmate identified as step-daughter of warden

July 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Hostage slain by escaped Louisiana inmate identified as step-daughter of warden

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Step daughter of deputy warden at David Wade Correctional Center killed by escaped inmate
KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Authorities in Louisiana have identified the woman who was abducted from David Wade Correctional Center Thursday afternoon and murdered by an escaped prisoner as the step daughter of the assistant warden.

The Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office revealed that Amanda Leigh Carney, 19, was taken kidnapped on Thursday by Deltra Henderson, 39.

David Wade Correctional Center’s warden verified on Friday that Carney was the step-daughter of an assistant warden at the prison. Carney resided at a house on the prison property with her mother and father, KSLA reported.

A Critical Incident Stress Management counselor has been brought in by the Department of Corrections to offer support for employees, family, and inmates at the facility.

The young woman kidnapped and killed by an escaped trustee at David Wade Correctional Center has been identified as Amanda Leigh Carney, 19. (Source: Summerfield High School Administration/Facebook

The pursuit started just before 2 p.m., just after Henderson escaped and crashed a stolen car in an isolated area north of the prison. Carney’s remains were later discovered there.

The sheriff’s office indicated Henderson then made contact with another resident and stole another car before he crashed again.

After that, Henderson entered a nearby residence on the grounds of the prison and located a firearm. As prison guards approached in on the residence, a gunfight broke out and he blocked himself inside.

Officers fatally shot him during the conflict.

Deltra Henderson, 39 (Source: Union Parish Sheriff’s Office)

“Authorities worked to capture Henderson peacefully, but he fired shots, and they returned fire,” a statement said.

Henderson was behind bars on one count each of attempted armed robbery, aggravated burglary, and cocaine dealing.

He was in prison since 2001 and was scheduled to be released in March 2025.

Carney graduated high school in May, according to Principal Shane Lee.

“There are no words to express the sorrow in our hearts,” Lee said. “We lost one of our own. A young lady that we cherish… that excelled in academics, athletics, and was a role model to classmates.”

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