Memorial pays tribute to toddler allegedly killed by mother


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Memorial pays tribute to toddler allegedly killed by mother

By Yona Gavino. CREATED May 27, 2014

MILWAUKEE -- Leonidas Fisher touched many lives during his 14 months on earth.

On Tuesday, his father planted a maple tree at his school, Academy of Integrity, to honor his short life.

According to police reports, his mother Nora Zylstra placed her son in his crib and then suffocated him with a pillow before trying to take her own life in March. 

Today, teachers and students came together to look back at Leo’s brief but meaningful life.

"He loved his music,” said LaQueesha Blockton, Executive Director of Academy of Integrity. “He would get the drums and bang them in the classroom, and we would know, that's Baby Leo playing those drums."

Lucas Fisher, Leo's father, spoke to TODAY’S TMJ4 about the pain he's been through since his son's death and said he’s devastated.

"It’s been very sad, and it makes me want to hold my kids even more and tell them how much I love them," Blockton said.

Zylstra is slated to be in court on Monday to enter a plea and be sentenced for her role in her son’s death.

Yona Gavino

Yona Gavino

Yona joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a general assignment reporter in April 2013. Before moving to MIlwaukee, Yona spent two and a half years as a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.