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2 charged in 2014 Christmas Day infant death

Diedra Jones Diedra Jones
Nicholas Kitchens Nicholas Kitchens
PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Two people are behind bars in Perry County and facing manslaughter charges in connection to the 2014 death of an infant.

Nicholas Kitchens, 26, and Diedra Jones, 20, both of Richton were both served their indictments and charged with manslaughter in the 2014 Christmas Day incident.

According to the indictment, the two, by their culpable negligence and without authority of law, did feloniously kill and slay three-month-old Kaiden Kitchens.

“The incident happened at the Richton Neighborhood Apartments, and the Perry County Sheriff’s Department was asked to assist the Richton Police Department,” Perry County Sheriff, Jimmy Dale Smith said.

The couple was not originally charged in the incident, pending the autopsy and the outcome of the investigation.

“We did not charge them at the time, we waited on the autopsy results and then from there to see what the grand jury would do,” Smith said.

According to Smith, the autopsy revealed that the child died from positional asphyxiation from and unsafe sleeping environment. 

The two are currently housed in the Perry County Jail.

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