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Mother arrested in Blytheville toddler death investigation

Updated: Oct. 14, 2020 at 5:28 PM CDT
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MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A Blytheville mother was arrested in her child’s death investigation.

Keyvona Hughes, 25, was taken into custody Oct. 17. for negligent homicide and 2nd-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

According to a media release from the Blytheville Police Department, officers responded to the Chickasaw Courts Housing area on South Division Street on Oct. 9 in regards to an unresponsive child.

When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered that the parents had already taken the child to the emergency room.

That same day, the Mississippi County Coroner’s Office reported that the 3-year-old child died as the result of accidental electrocution.

On Oct. 12, the autopsy performed by the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office concluded the child died as the result of a gunshot wound.

Evidence and information collected by the Mississippi County Coroner’s office and the Blytheville Police Department indicate that the child and parents were asleep in a bed with a loaded firearm at the time of the incident.

The case has been turned over to the prosecuting attorney’s office for possible charges.

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