BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A 25-year-old father has been charged with murder after his injured two-year-old son died after allegedly being left unconscious in a local hotel.
Police documents said officers were called to Ochsner Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 7 before 8 p.m. regarding a child who was “severely” beaten. The child, Kyland King, was brought to the hospital by his father, Anderson King, Jr., 25, of Baton Rouge, where medical staff attempted to save the child’s life but were unsuccessful, police said.
Anderson admitted to whipping the child with a brown leather belt to investigators. Arrest documents note that the child had “old and fresh” injuries on his body.
Further conversation between the child’s father and Baton Rouge police investigators revealed an instance where Kyland was injured in a fall. An affidavit shows that Anderson 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.
Instead of dialing 911, Anderson left to go pick up the child’s mother from work, according to arrest documents. Anderson told investigators that Kyland didn’t act the same since falling down the stairs.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office ruled Kyland’s manner of death as a homicide and his cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries.
The coroner’s office reports 22 juvenile homicide victims in East Baton Rouge Parish this year, 12 of those victims being between the ages of zero and five years old. In comparison, there were only three juvenile homicide victims under five years old in 2021.
Anderson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on the charge of first-degree murder.