Baton Rouge police arrested two people Wednesday night in the kidnapping of a toddler whose mother had been shot to death.
Curtis King, 24, and Daaria Thomas, 22, both living at the St. John Apartments at 16441 South Harrell’s Ferry Drive, have been booked on aggravated kidnapping of a child, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.
The child’s mother, Taylor Latham, was found shot to death inside her car near her Louisiana Avenue home Monday night, although it’s not yet clear when the shooting occurred. A missing child alert for 2-year-old A’Kyleana Louise Latham was issued late Monday night. She was dropped off, apparently by King and Thomas, at a Women’s Help Center at 1 p.m. Tuesday, McKneely said.
A’Kyleana was reunited with her father, Roderick Watson Jr., on Tuesday afternoon. Watson said he planned to take her back to Houston with him.
During the course of the investigation, police learned that King removed A’Kyleana from her residence early Saturday morning and transported her to their home, McKneely said.
Police picked up both suspects around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning for questioning, he said.
In May 2013, King was under investigation after his 1-month-old son, Aiden King, was rushed to a local hospital for burns from scalding water, McKneely said. King was arrested in November of that year after Aiden died while in his care.
King, who was booked on second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to juveniles in the case involving his son. However, a grand jury declined to indict him on the murder count, although it let the cruelty count stand.
After Wednesday’s arrest, King has an added count of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I drugs, McKneely said.
Anyone with information on the shooting at 1247 Louisiana Ave. is urged to contact the Baton Rouge Police Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.