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Antonio Williams

A Baton Rouge father has been arrested following the death of his 2-year-old daughter in a May 29 duplex fire, the Office of Louisiana State Fire Marshal reported.

Baton Rouge firefighters rescued both Antonio Williams, 27, and his daughter, Amirrah Williams, from a home in the 2000 block of Kentucky Street and transported them to a hospital. Both were found in the first bedroom of the house, according to the arrest report. 

The toddler later died from smoke inhalation, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office. 

After his daughter's death, Williams remained hospitalized through the middle of June, Ashley Rodrigue, public affairs director for the Fire Marshal's Office, said in the news release. Williams suffered burn injuries to his forehead, shoulder, both arms and nose, the arrest report says, suggesting he traveled through the fire at some point. 

An investigation later revealed from witness statements that Williams had left his daughter unattended and unsupervised in their home prior to the fire, Rodrigue said. The arrest report says phone records show Williams' phone was on LSU's campus right before the fire broke out. 

After the fire started, a car driven by Williams was spotted arriving at the front of the house, according to the arrest report. He was seen running from the car to the back of his house. He was not seen again until firefighters conducted their rescue. 

Williams was booked Thursday into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of negligent homicide. 

Rodrigue said the origins and cause of the fire remain undetermined at this time. 

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