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Mother charged in death of infant who had severe burns

December 11, 2018

DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana mother and her boyfriend face a murder charge after authorities said the woman’s 11-month-old son suffered severe burns and was left untreated for two weeks.

KPLC-TV reports that 24-year-old Shamira Kimbrough and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Christian Coutee, were charged with second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.

Deputy Chief Chris Rudy says the DeRidder Fire Department responded to a medical emergency involving the child at a residence Monday. He had severe burns on his lower body and was unresponsive. The infant was later pronounced dead.

Rudy says the burns appeared to have occurred two weeks ago and the boy succumbed to his injuries due to a lack of care.

It’s unclear if Kimbrough and Coutee have lawyers who could comment.

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Information from: KPLC-TV, http://kplctv.com