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Missing girl reunited with father after mother's death

1 year 8 months 2 weeks ago May 06, 2015 May 6, 2015 Wednesday, May 06 2015 May 06, 2015 8:50 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz, Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Authorities reunited a 2-year-old girl in Baton Rouge with her father Tuesday, the day after her mother was found shot in the head at her home.

Investigators said A'Kyleana Louise Latham was found safe around 1 p.m. inside the city limits. She had not been seen since Saturday, which is the day investigators believe her mother, 24-year-old Taylor Latham, was shot and killed.

The missing persons report was released Monday, about two hours after police released details about the murder of the child's mother. Louisiana State Police got involved along with authorities in Texas, where the Lathams had moved from a few months back.

News 2 spoke with the girl's father, Roderick Watson, earlier Tuesday when he asked anyone with information about the girl's disappearance to come forward and talk to authorities. Watson was all smiles as he picked his daughter up from police headquarters.

"It's a wonderful feeling, the blessing is she gets to be with her family," Watson said.

With Latham found, the investigation turns to who took her and killed her mother. Taylor Latham shot in the head in a vehicle in the 1200 block of Louisiana Avenue, just east of the I-110 overpass near the intersection of South 12th Street. While investigators believe she was shot Saturday, she was not found until Monday evening.

Police have not released information about any possible suspects or motive in the case.

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