More charges for mom in fatal fire


By John Peters - [email protected]



An Elkin woman who was previously charged with involuntary manslaughter after a house fire killed her son has now been charged with insurance fraud.

Maria Deneane Kidd was arrested Wednesday by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Surry County Sheriff’s Office and charged with insurance fraud and insurance application fraud in connection to the Jan. 27 fire which claimed the life of her son, 13-year-old William Kidd.

Maria Kidd was placed under a $50,000 secured bond with the latest charges from the SBI.

She had already been charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse in the blaze at 1695 CC Camp Road, just outside of Elkin.

She was arrested on those charges in March. At that time the sheriff’s office said her son, who was autistic, was still inside the home at the time she called 911 to report the fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene and extinguished the blaze, only to discover his body inside once they entered the structure.

“After a joint investigation with 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,” the office said in a written statement released at the time of her arrest. “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.”

Law enforcement officials have not released the official cause of death in the fire. Kidd was placed under at $150,000 bond at that time of her initial arrest.

Neither the sheriff’s office nor the SBI would release additional information regarding the fire or the subsequent investigation.

According to the Surry County court docket, Kidd has a court appearance on April 17 related to the three charges.

By John Peters

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