Teenager questioned in connection to deaths of Ipswich mother and son Kia and Kamari Russell is released
PUBLISHED: 11:06 28 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:58 28 March 2019
A 17-year-old boy questioned by police in connection to the death of Kia and Kamari Russell in Ipswich has been released under investigation.
The teenager, from Ipswich, was arrested after officers from Suffolk Constabulary were called on March 6 to reports that a woman’s body, 19-year-old Kia Russell, had been discovered in a property in Swinburne Road.
A young boy, her two-year-old son Kamari Russell, was also found at the house. He was treated by paramedics but sadly died at the scene.
Suffolk police said that the teenager was not arrested on suspicion of murder or manslaughter.
Home Office post-mortem examinations carried out on Tuesday, March 12 concluded that Kamari Russell died as a result of compression of the neck, pending further tests. His death is being treated as murder.
Kia Russell was also determined to have died as a result of compression of the neck, pending further tests. Her death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.
The Suffolk coroner’s office has opened the inquest into their deaths.
As a result of subsequent investigations connected to the inquiry, a 17-year-old boy from Ipswich was arrested by police and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre. He was bailed to return to police on Friday, March 29 but has now been released under investigation whilst investigations continue.
In the week after the pair’s death, an Ipswich community gathered in their hundreds to mourn the passing of Kia and Kamari Russell.
Hundreds got together at Whitton Recreation Ground on Wednesday, March 13, to show their support for the family and friends of the pair.
One friend said at the event: “She meant more to people than she knew, Kia was so loved. She was so beautiful. She had a smile that could light up a thousand cities.”