Woman accused of inciting riot remains behind bars

Kimberly Dean (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Kimberly Dean (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police said a woman remained in jail Friday morning in connection with a domestic dispute that erupted into a near riot and sent a man to the hospital with critical injuries, while her two adult children, who are also charged in the case, posted bond and were released.

Questions surround the mother's criminal history, while the Baton Rouge Police Department said more arrests are on the way.

The 1200 block of Convention Street remained quiet one day after police charged Kimberly Dean, 40, James Dean, 22, and Devin Dean, 22, with inciting a riot following an argument.

"It was an altercation amongst family members and friends that escalated into a big brawl in which an older gentleman was struck in the head and he's suffering with life-threatening injuries," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD.

Kimberly Dean is no stranger to run-ins with the law. According to police reports, she has been arrested 17 times. She has been convicted of simple battery and criminal damage to property. The police affidavit stated Dean also faces an aggravated second-degree battery charge from an incident in December.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said just because someone has a lengthy criminal history, they are not necessarily a habitual offender and added the habitual offender statute only applies to criminals convicted of multiple felonies.

"If the facts don't support a felony charge, then maybe it's a misdemeanor, maybe it's nothing," Moore explained. "Maybe the victim wants to dismiss charges or moved out of state and refused to cooperate. Maybe there's a law enforcement suppression issue. A variety of things could happen."

If convicted, Dean's outstanding second-degree battery charge could be a felony, but BRPD officials said they are planning on making another arrest in this case directly related to the victim, who still remains in the hospital with skull fractures.

"One of the main players that we know was involved, we're going to put an arrest warrant out for him and hope we can find him real soon and place him in custody," said McKneely.

It's important to note this is an ongoing investigation and the victim involved is still in critical condition, so there could be more charges for Kimberly Dean before it's all said and done.

Kimberly Dean is currently in prison on $16,000 bond. James Dean and Devin Dean were both released after posting $2,000 bond.

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