BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge police are investigating a two-year old’s death at the OYO Hotel Sunday night.
This is the latest of the many problems reported at the motel, a place known as a hotspot for crime, including homicides and overdose deaths.
East Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman Laurie Adams said not enough is being done to take care of the problem.
“I am very concerned,” said Adams. “It keeps you from sleeping well at night.”
In 2018, the Metro Council passed an ordinance creating penalties for hotels and motels with multiple law enforcement complaints. But that has yet to be enforced.
“It’s a good ordinance, but a lot of the structure that needed to be put in place to make the ordinance effective was not put in place,” said Adams.
The ordinance states a hotel/motel permit can be suspended or revoked if they meet one of these three marks:
- Three (3) or more felony drug-related independent incidents resulting in arrests where the offense occurred on hotel/motel property by a guest in a period of ninety (90) days, except when the arrest is the result of notification to and/or in direct cooperation with law enforcement by hotel/motel management;
- Three (3) or more prostitution-related independent incidents resulting in arrests where the offense occurred on hotel/motel property by a guest in a period of ninety (90) days except when the arrest is the result of notification to and/or in direct cooperation with law enforcement by hotel/motel management;
- Five (5) or more verified calls for service in a period of thirty (30) days when the following activities occur on the hotel/motel’s property: illegal felony drug activity, prostitution, or violent felony crimes, except when the arrest is the result of notification to and/or in direct cooperation with law enforcement by hotel/motel management.
BRProud reached out to the Baton Rouge Police Department for daily call logs from the hotel and are still waiting to review that data. Adams said enforcing the law has been difficult.
“The way the laws are, they could literally go back the next day and reapply for their permit,” she said.
Police are still investigating what happened to 2-year-old Kyland King. Arrest records said Kyland was injured in a fall. An affidavit shows the child’s father told investigators that Kyland had fallen down a flight of stairs days before and how on Sunday the child fell back when placed down to eat before becoming unresponsive.
According to BRPD, the child’s father, Anderson King, beat his son with a belt and then left him unconscious at the motel. Arrest records show Anderson beat Kyland with the belt for the past couple of weeks.
The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office reports this as the 22nd juvenile victim of homicide in 2022, with 12 of them under the age of five years old.
The owner of the OYO, Raj Patel, didn’t want to go on camera but says he has added around-the-clock security. Patel said he also wants to work with the city to combat homelessness and house domestic abuse survivors.
In April, City-Parish Chief Administrative Officer Darryl Gissel said the hotel had 85 EMS calls last year, the highest number of EMS calls within the parish.
Adams said it can be months till the current ordinance is reworked.
“There are a lot of ideas on the table we have been researching,” she said. “This is on my priority list.”
Anderson is charged with one count of second-degree cruelty to juveniles. BRPD officials said his charges will likely be upgraded now that the coroner has ruled his son’s death as a homicide.