Denham Springs couple charged in death of toddler

Police say child died 3 days after suffering head trauma

Denham Springs couple charged in death of toddler
Kelsey Barth, 23, and Shane Posey, 22, both of Denham Springs, LA, face charges in the March 11, 2019, homicide of Barth's two-year-old daughter.

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A Denham Springs woman and her fiancé have been charged in the death of her 2-year-old child, according to the Denham Springs Police Department.

Officers responded to the couple’s home on Mar. 8 after receiving a call about the child being unresponsive.

A police department spokesperson said officers found the child with head trauma in critical condition upon arrival. She was rushed to Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge.

Kelsey Barth, 23, and Shane Posey, 22, both of Denham Springs, LA, face charges in the March 11, 2019, homicide of Barth's two-year-old daughter. (Source: Denham Springs Police Department)
Kelsey Barth, 23, and Shane Posey, 22, both of Denham Springs, LA, face charges in the March 11, 2019, homicide of Barth's two-year-old daughter. (Source: Denham Springs Police Department)

The child’s mother, Kelsey Barth, 23, and her fiancé, Shane Posey, 22, were initially arrested Mar. 8 on charges of felony cruelty to juveniles and fugitive warrants.

Denham Springs officials say the child succumbed to her injuries and died Mar. 11. The charge against Posey was upgraded to first degree murder and the charge against Barth was upgraded to negligent homicide.

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