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Posted on: June 21, 2022

Father arrested after investigation into shooting death of 4-year-old

Early this morning, Akeem Holmes turned himself in without incident for his involvement with a shooting that occurred on May 16. He was arrested and is currently in the Polk Co. Jail with the following charges: neglect of a dependent person, involuntary manslaughter, and unlawful access of a firearm to a minor.

On Monday, May 16, 2022, Ankeny Police responded to a call for a four-year-old female with a gunshot wound. The victim, Savannah Holmes, was transported to a local hospital, where she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


Akeem Holmes, 33
Ankeny, Iowa


Neglect of a dependent person – 726.3 - Class C Felony

Involuntary Manslaughter – 707.5(1) - Class D Felony

Unlawful Access of a Firearm to a minor – 724.22(7) – Serious Misdemeanor

 APD Case - #22-002323

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