Couple questioned in child's kidnapping, mom's murder
BATON ROUGE - With two people in custody accused of kidnapping a murdered woman's child, police are continuing questioning and still on the lookout for witnesses Thursday.
Police identified the two suspects in custody late Wednesday as Curtis King, 24, and Daaria Thomas, 22, both of Baton Rouge. They are charged with aggravated kidnapping of a child, but police say no murder charges have been filed at this time. The duo also faces possession with intent to distribute drugs. Back in 2013, King was under investigation after his 1-month-old son, Aiden, was rushed to an area hospital with burns from scalding hot water. The child died a few months later, and King was charged with murder and cruelty to juvenile, according to investigators. He was out on bond, awaiting trial, when he was arrested on Wednesday.
Investigators have narrowed down the time when King took 2-year-old A'Kyleana "AK" Latham from her home to "sometime Saturday", but they have yet to uncover any kind of relationship between the girl, her mother and the pair of suspects at this time. The body of the girl's mother, Taylor Latham, was discovered Monday night. She was shot and killed inside of her car in the driveway of her Louisiana Avenue home, according to police.
Detectives said they are interested in finding witnesses who may have seen King in the area where Taylor was found around the time of the murder.
King and Thomas held the 2-year-old captive until they left her at the Women's Help Center on Scenic Highway around noon Tuesday. The pair were taken into police custody around 1 p.m. Wednesday and were questioned for the rest of the day.
Police ask anyone who may have seen King in the Louisiana Avenue area where the murdered mother was found to contact the BRPD Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869.
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