- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge man and his live-in girlfriend have been arrested in the kidnapping of a toddler whose mother was found shot to death earlier this week.

Baton Rouge police spokesman L’Jean McKneely tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1EiVUUl) Curtis King, 24, was arrested Wednesday after police learned he picked up 2-year-old A’Kyleana Louise Latham on Saturday from her home and took her to his apartment.

King and his live-in girlfriend, Daaria Thomas, kept Latham several days before dropping her off at The Women’s Help Center on Scenic Highway on Tuesday afternoon, McKneely said.

King and Thomas were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of aggravated kidnapping of a child.

While the arrests shed light on the whereabouts of Latham during her disappearance, McKneely said questions remained about what happened to her mother.

Taylor Latham, 24, was found shot to death inside her car Monday near her home.

She and her daughter had lived there only a few months, having recently moved from Texas, before the shooting occurred.

Police said Wednesday it’s unclear whether King and Thomas knew the Lathams. It also wasn’t clear why the toddler ended up in their care.

The investigation into Taylor Latham’s death remains active, police said.

King was arrested in November 2013 following the death of his 6-month-old son, Aiden King, who in his short life suffered multiple rib fractures and significant burns after being placed in scalding bath water.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury declined to indict King on second-degree murder in March 2014, instead choosing to charge him with second-degree cruelty to juveniles and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Thomas was not arrested or charged in Aiden King’s death.

King and Thomas remained in jail Thursday. Online jail records do not list an attorney for the couple.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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