Mother faces negligent homicide charge after 2-year-old drowns in apartment pool

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Mother Kiarra Holmes faces charges for the death of her two-year-old son. The charges come after first responders spent hours searching for the child last night.

“Very hopeful that someone had found the child and the child was safe, and unfortunately, we found the child deceased in one of the pools here at the apartment complex,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Casey Hicks.

Holmes’ young son was found drowned in a pool after going missing at The Reserve at White Oak Apartment Complex in Baton Rouge.

“Multiple people throughout the apartment complex said they’d seen the child on different days in different areas by himself,” said Hicks.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement:

“The mother agreed to travel to the Violent Crime Unit/Homicide Division Office for a recorded interview. During the interview, Holmes confirms that the child has left the house numerous times, but they usually catch him as he gets to the bottom of the stairs. (The Victim lives on the second floor).”

They also said Holmes mentioned that she was in her bedroom while the child was in the living room with her phone before the incident occurred.

St. George Fire Department spokesperson Eldon Ledoux says one life is too many and taking the right precautions can save a soul.

“Preventing access to an infant or to a small child, having that lock gate and having that child under not only visual observation but on the physical control,” he said.

Ledoux said having a self-locking gate around a pool is the law in Baton Rouge.

“That is to stop a child from just wandering in,” Ledoux explained.

“The important thing is, I always realize that bad things can happen and not to dismiss the possibility of a child being injured or drowning or anywhere around the pool area. So that’s why constant attention is so important,” he added.

Kiarra Holmes is currently being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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