DeRidder mother, boyfriend arrested for murder after 11-month-old child dies from severe burns

Posted at 5:10 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 18:10:27-05

DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - A DeRidder mother and her boyfriend were both arrested for murder after an 11-month-old died after being brought to the hospital with severe burns.

The burns appeared to have occurred two weeks ago and the boy “succumbed to his injuries due to a lack of care,” Deputy Chief Chris Rudy, with the DeRidder Police Department, said in a news release

The boy’s mother, Shamira Kimbrough, 24, and her boyfriend, Christian Coutee, 25, each face one count of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. Bonds have not been set.

Rudy said the DeRidder Fire Department responded to a medical emergency of an 11-month-old child at a DeRidder residence at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10. The child had severe burns on his lower body and was unresponsive..

CPR was started and he was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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