BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man accused of killing a woman and kidnapping her child has been formally charged with murder.
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Curtis King, 25, of Baton Rouge, on second-degree murder Wednesday in connection with the shooting death of Taylor Latham, 24. If convicted of second-degree murder, King faces a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole or probation.
According to officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, King, 25, was re-booked on the second-degree murder charge on June 17. He was first booked into the prison on charges of aggravated kidnapping, distribution of Schedule I drugs and various warrants for traffic violations.
Latham was found dead in her vehicle in May. Her car was parked in the driveway of her home on Louisiana Avenue. Investigators believe her body sat in the car for at least two days before a passer-by noticed and called police. It was then that investigators realized Latham's 2-year-old daughter was missing.
A desperate search for the child, A'Keyleana, was launched. Later that same day, the child was dropped off outside a woman's shelter.
Investigators found surveillance video that helped them identify Daaria Thomas, 22, as the woman who handed the child over to a worker at the women's center. Thomas was arrested on a charge of aggravated kidnapping. She was released in July after District Attorney Hillar Moore decided against filing formal charges for her alleged part in the kidnapping and murder investigation.
According to reports, Thomas was King's live-in girlfriend. She allegedly admitted that King brought the child to their home.
King has a history of prior charges, including one for the death of his 6-month-old child. He originally faced murder charges in 2013 when his son died. Several months prior to his death, the child had suffered from severe burns caused by being placed in scalding hot bath water.
A trial date in the Latham murder case has not been set.