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Father arrested after 2-year-old dies from smoke inhalation in house fire

4 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Friday, July 12 2019 Jul 12, 2019 July 12, 2019 9:31 AM July 12, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Authorities have arrested a man after his daughter died from smoke inhalation following a Baton Rouge house fire.

The fire was reported around 9 p.m. on May 29 in the 2000 block of Kentucky Street. Inside the home, crews found Antonio Williams and 2-year-old Amirrah Williams.

Antonio sustained burns to his forehead, shoulder, arms, and nose. The little girl had no apparent burn injuries.

The child later died as a result of the blaze. The coroner's office confirmed Amirrah died from smoke inhalation, ruling her death accidental.

An investigation into the origin and cause of the fire was conducted, but the findings remain undetermined at this time.

It was determined through witness statements and evidence that Antonio left his daughter unattended at the home in the timeframe leading up to the fire. The investigation determined the father arrived at the home after the fire was noticed by neighbors and ran inside, but never re-emerged.

Authorities arrested Antonio and charged him with negligent homicide. 

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