Elkin mother charged in fatal fire


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Charges have been filed against the mother of a 13-year-old Elkin special needs student who died in a January house fire.

Maria Deneane Kidd was charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse following an investigation of the Jan. 27 house fire, according to a release from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office Monday evening. She received a $150,000 bond.

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate the structure fire when after it consumed the home at 1695 CC Camp Road outside of Elkin, near the Elkin Municipal Airport.

Maria Deneane Kidd called 911 to report that her home was on fire and her autistic child, William Kidd, was still inside. Local fire department personnel responded to the residence and extinguished the fire. When fire personnel made entry to the residence, they discovered the body of William deceased inside.

After an extensive investigation working alongside the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, detectives determined that Maria Deneane Kidd’s actions during the fire directly caused the death of her son. Furthermore, they established that the living conditions in the home posed a substantial risk of injury to the child and contributed to the rapid spread of the fire.

Detective Ashley Doiel of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office said she was the lead investigator in 2016 for a case involving child abuse and elder abuse against Kidd, but couldn’t provide any information on how the case ended.

The only convictions for Kidd in the North Carolina offender database was for larceny in Watauga County.

As far as the fire case, Doiel said they were unable to release anymore details in the case, except that Kidd’s “negligent actions lead to the charges” of involuntary manslaughter.

The cause of the fire has not yet been released since the case remains in the criminal investigation phase, said Surry County Fire Marshal Doug Jones.

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