A Baton Rouge man arrested last week in the May 2 kidnapping of a 2-year-old girl whose mother turned up dead two days later will be held without bail until he returns to court in September on unrelated child abuse and drug charges stemming from the 2013 death of his 6-month-old son, a judge decided Tuesday.
Curtis King, 24, appeared before state District Judge Trudy White in an orange prison jumpsuit for a status hearing on charges of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and possession with intent to distribute marijuana that were filed in March 2014 after Aiden King died in November 2013.
King was free on $20,000 bond on those charges when he was arrested May 6 and booked on counts of aggravated kidnapping of a child — A’Kyleana Louise Latham, 2 — and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I drug.
East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors filed a motion May 8 to revoke that bond or increase it. White will consider that request Sept. 21. The judge also set a Nov. 2 trial date for King on the cruelty and drug charges filed last year.
King allegedly picked up A’Kyleana from her Louisiana Avenue home May 2 and took her to his South Harrell’s Ferry Drive apartment. The child’s mother, 24-year-old Taylor Latham, was found shot to death May 4 inside a Ford Mustang near the Louisiana Avenue residence.
King’s live-in girlfriend, Daaria Thomas, returned the toddler to a Baton Rouge women’s shelter May 5 after a missing child alert was sent out by authorities, police have said.
King and Taylor Latham had an off-and-on relationship, a police spokesman has said.
Assistant District Attorney Jessica Jarreau told White that the bond revocation motion cites King’s arrest last week as well as his October arrest in a home invasion in Denham Springs.
Erin Mullen, a court-appointed attorney for King, told the judge that King should hear from a grand jury before the Sept. 21 hearing date. If formal charges are not filed within 120 days of his arrest last week in the case involving A’Kyleana’s alleged kidnapping, King would be released from his bond obligation in that case. He is currently being held without bond in that case.
But if King’s bond is revoked or increased in the case involving his son, he would remain behind bars.
An aggravated kidnapping of a child conviction would carry an automatic sentence of life in prison.
King’s girlfriend, Thomas, 22, also was booked on that charge. Her bond stands at $250,000. She remains in jail.
The investigation into Taylor Latham’s death and her daughter’s kidnapping continues.
King’s son, Aiden, died Nov. 6, 2013 — eight days after being found unresponsive in an oversized bed. Police found marijuana in the home. The coroner ruled the baby asphyxiated in the adult-sized bed. In his short life, Aiden suffered multiple rib fractures and significant burns after being placed in scalding bath water. A grand jury declined to indict Curtis King on a second-degree murder charge.