Female in jail for threatening infant

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Threatening to harm an infant and then resisting police officers landed a local woman in jail.

Kiara Sims, 23, of the 300 block of Lee St., Minden, was arrested by Minden Police and charged with resisting by force or violence, cruelty to juveniles and seven active bench warrants.

Police Chief Elect Jared McIver said Off. Matthew Hicks was dispatched to the Lee Street address around noon last Wednesday.

“The caller advised that Sims was present at the residence, making threats to harm a four-month-old infant,” McIver said. When the officer arrived, he asked the complainant if Sims was still present, and she nodded. She then allowed Hicks inside the residence where he discovered Sims hiding under a bed.”

The officer reportedly ordered Sims to stand up and put her hands behind her back.

“She replied that she did not want to do that, and when the officer tried to assist her, she wrapped her arms around the bedpost,” McIver said. “Sims continued to resist and then informed the officer that she is five months pregnant.”

Sims was reportedly handcuffed and escorted to the patrol vehicle. Off. Hicks returned to the residence where he talked with the complainant. She told the officer that Sims was arguing with her cousin who is the father of the infant. She then began making threats toward the infant and they began to scuffle over the child.

The caller was able to maintain possession of the infant.

“There were several people present during this time, one of whom is the apartment’s tenant,” McIver said. “They concurred with everything the complainant reported.”

Emergency medical service was dispatched to tend to possible injuries to the child.

“Off. Hicks noticed mild redness to the infant’s right cheek but no other swelling,” said McIver. “The child did not require any medical care.”

Sims was also transported to Minden Medical Center after complaining of lower abdominal pain. She was observed and released, then booked at the Minden Police Department.

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