When a tree strays from its ‘Roots’

While the intention may have been noble, naming a child “Kunta Kinta” also brings attention that may be unwanted later in life.

Kunta Kinta Holley, of Beech Island, S.C., is accused of driving recklessly with his 4-year-old son in the car in an attempt to escape arrest. He is alleged to have crashed the car during the pursuit and then left his son behind.

According to The Aiken Standard, investigators say they have linked Holley to a November domestic assault when he was accused of striking a woman several times and threatening to kill her. Last week, the suspect reportedly threatened the woman again, saying he was going to kill her.

The 31-year-old is wanted by other law enforcement agencies, as well, and has two additional outstanding warrants, one stemming from another alleged domestic assault, officials said.

Perhaps not the legacy mom had in mind when she bestowed the appellation on her progeny. Interestingly, the character in Alex Haley’s book “Roots” was actually named “Kunta Kinte,” not “Kunta Kinta” so perhaps the connection is just coincidental.

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