William Kidd II

Portrait photo of William Kidd. He is a heavyset teenage boy with fair skin and short brown hair. He has his mouth open; he is wearing a white sweatshirt with black and red writing.Name: William Gratsie Kidd II.
Died: January 27, 2018.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Neglect (Died in house fire due to unsafe conditions).
Location: Elkin, North Carolina, USA.

William loved horses and was good at communicating with them. He also enjoyed music, his four-wheeler, and going to church and school. His favorite food was Kentucky Fried Chicken. He liked shoes and flyswatters, and was mostly non-verbal except for a few signs. He used to ride his tricycle through the school hallways.

William died in a house fire. Detectives determined that the house was “her actions during the fire directly caused the death of her son”, but did not specify further. The house was a cluttered fire hazard, a “hoarding situation” that endangered William’s life.

It is unknown exactly why William’s mother was found to be at fault for his death, but in addition to involuntary manslaughter and child abuse, she was also charged with insurance fraud. She eventually pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter, receiving an 8-month jail term and probation.

Woman convicted in death of son in Surry County fire. Other charges, including insurance fraud, dismissed.
Obituary for William Kidd, II
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Mount Airy News, Mount Airy NC
Mom charged after 13-year-old son dies in house fire in Surry County
Surry County mother charged in autistic son’s death in house fire
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