Mom, stepfather arrested after 8-year-old dies from being “physically abused”

EAST FELICIANA — Charges against the mother and stepfather of an 8-year-old have been upgraded in East Feliciana Parish.

Kirsten Gatlin, 30, and Kelvin Seaberry, 32, are now charged with one count each of second-degree murder of the King Bickham, 8, who died on March 10, 2024.

In Nov. 2023, the couple was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree cruelty to juveniles after the child was found unresponsive and reportedly physically abused, the East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office said.

It was Nov. 29, 2023 when East Feliciana Parish deputies responded to a home on Hwy. 10. Investigators believe the child “may have been physically abused.” The child was found unresponsive and transported to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. The child was listed in critical and unstable condition, but died from his injuries on March 10, 2024.

The Jackson Police Department is assisting EFPSO with the investigation “due to the severity of the child’s condition”. The other minor children in this case are in the custody of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

Investigators have not said how the child may have been abused.

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