Pregnant Louisiana Teacher’s Body Found in Lake

Robert Marks, center, is escorted to Parish Prison by Baton Rouge Police Department Detectives Joe Dargin, left, and Zac Woodring, right, Friday morning June 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, La.. Marks is facing a murder charge in the death of a pregnant co-worker who allegedly threatened to expose their relationship. (Photo: Bill Feig, AP)
Robert Marks, center, is escorted to Parish Prison by Baton Rouge Police Department Detectives Joe Dargin, left, and Zac Woodring, right, Friday morning June 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, La.. Marks is facing a murder charge in the death of a pregnant co-worker who allegedly threatened to expose their relationship.
(Photo: Bill Feig, AP)

A married middle school assistant principal has been arrested in the murder of a pregnant teacher with whom he was allegedly carrying on an affair in a case that’s shaken Baton Rouge, La.

Instructional specialist Lyntell Washington, 40, was seven months pregnant and the single mom to a 3-year-old daughter, reports the Baton Rouge Advocate. Washington’s body was found badly decomposed in an irrigation ditch last week after her daughter prompted investigators to search for her “sleeping” mother, who she said was “in the lake” after “Mr. Robbie” hurt her.

Robert Marks, 39, the assistant principal at Brookstown Middle Magnet School, was originally charged with kidnapping and abandoning Washington’s daughter in a parking lot the night of the murder, but is now charged with murdering the woman and her unborn child. He has yet to talk.

In a recent text message to Marks, Washington asked if he was trying to get out of his responsibility for “our unborn child,” according to a police affidavit. One of Washington’s friends tells WAFB that no one missed any clues: “It’s just that he was just who he was and we had no way of seeing that or knowing that. Some people are masterminds at deception.”

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Source: USA Today | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser