Inside the brutal murder of pregnant teacher Lyntell Washington in front of the 3-year-old daughter who helped solve the case

A PREGNANT mother was brutally murdered in front of her three-year-old daughter, who became a key witness in putting a killer behind bars.

The tragedy surrounding the death of Lyntell Washington and the traumatic events that transpired thereafter will be the focus of an episode of 20/20 on Friday.

Lyntell Washington was pregnant when she was brutally murdered in front of her daughter

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Lyntell Washington was pregnant when she was brutally murdered in front of her daughterPhoto credit: ABC
Robert Marks was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2016 murder

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Robert Marks was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2016 murderPhoto credit: CBS
Washington's three-year-old daughter was left in the parking lot by Marks

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Washington’s three-year-old daughter was left in the parking lot by MarksPhoto credit: ABC

Washington, a teacher at Baton Rouge, was killed by her boyfriend in 2016 before he abandoned her daughter in a Louisiana parking lot.

A passer-by found the toddler with blood on her feet near a car that was also spattered with blood.

It was later discovered that 40-year-old Washington had formed a secret relationship with Robert Marks, the associate principal at Brookstown Middle Magnet Academy, where she taught.

Friends of Washington told ABC’s Deborah Roberts that she was looking for love but “didn’t have any luck with men.”

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When Washington became pregnant, she told Marks that he had to tell his wife or she would, according to Jamicia Pink-Fisher, another Brookstown assistant principal.

As the pieces of Washington’s case were being put together, the daughter was questioned by police and helped solve the case.

Leslie Parms was the one who found the kid in the parking lot.

She told him she was left there by “Mr Robbie,” which Washington’s friends say was the daughter’s nickname for Marks.

When police questioned the child who applied the blood to Washington’s dashboard, they again pointed to “Mr. Robbie”.

The daughter confirmed those details with a children’s forensic interviewer, telling them she heard a “boom,” then responding “yes” when asked if she “saw Mr. Robbie hurt Mama.”

“You can hear the little girl say in her own voice, ‘Mr. Robbie put the blood in my car. I heard a bang. My mom started shaking. My mom sleeps by a lake,'” Chuck Smith, an investigator for the East Baton Rouge district attorney’s office, told 20/20.

Washington was found dead in a ditch in a sugar cane irrigation field a week after her daughter was left in the parking lot.

She had a gunshot wound to the head, according to Tony Clayton, the Iberville County District Attorney.

Melissa Mason, a friend of Washington, said her friend told her Marks was divorcing his wife but they lived in the same house.

Washington discovered Marks was on a cruise with his wife and got angry, texting him to ask if he would support her and their unborn child.

Marks was questioned by police and reportedly admitted to the affair.

The suspect also saw a third woman, Tramica Jackson, who told investigators Marks asked her to pick him up at the spot where Washington’s child was found.

She played no role in the murder, investigators said.

In a preview for the episode, police said they were notified by the field’s owner that workers had found the body.

Police, suspecting it was Washington, responded quickly to the scene.

The clothes she wore matched Washington surveillance footage of her classroom on the day she disappeared, and officers were able to find a sandal in her car that matched the one she was wearing when she was found .

“I remember just falling to the ground and then my husband catching me,” Mason said upon learning of the discovery.

“I just couldn’t process that she was found dead.”

The child’s testimony was played to the jury at Marks’ trial.

“She told it. I don’t think he even expected that,” said a 20/20 juror, noting that he was “moved” by the video.

The child is now nine years old and lives with her father Darren Glasper, who said he sees “a lot” of Washington in her.

“I see that she is smart and educated. She’s focused when she’s focused on things,” Glasper said.

Marks’ defense attorney argued in court that the evidence in the case was only circumstantial, but offered no conclusive argument and did not provide witnesses.

After a half-hour deliberation, a jury convicted Marks in December 2021.

Earlier this year he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Meanwhile, Washington is remembered by her friends, family, and students as a dedicated teacher, doting mother, and loyal friend.

“She was loyal, dedicated and hardworking,” Pink-Fisher said.

“Her name was important to her.

“She didn’t want to attach anything negative or bad to her name. And she wanted to be a great mom.”

“She was a really good teacher,” one former student told 20/20.

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“She always had a bright smile.”

The episode about Washington’s horrific death airs at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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