Father arrested following toddler’s death in fire

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A Baton Rouge man has been arrested following the death of his 2-year-old in a duplex fire in May.

27-year-old Antonio Williams was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on July 11 for one count of Negligent Homicide.

In the evening hours of May 29, the Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a duplex fire call in the 2000 block of Kentucky Street. Firefighters rescued Williams and his 2-year-old daughter from inside the home and both were transported to an area hospital.

Unfortunately, the toddler, later identified as Amirrah Williams, died. The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office determined the child’s cause of death to be smoke inhalation. Williams remained hospitalized through mid-June.

The state Fire Marshal and the Baton Rouge Fire Department launched an investigation into the origin and cause of the fire. The findings remain undermined at this time.

The Fire Marshal’s office said in follow-up investigations, it was determined through witness statement and evident that Antonio Williams left his daughter home along in the time frame leading up to the fire.

Investigators say Williams arrived home after the fire was noticed by neighbors and ran inside, but never re-emerged.

A warrant was issued for his arrest in the case on July 9th and he turned himself in to authorities July 11th.

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