A former police officer has been charged with manslaughter after the death of his girlfriend, who was also a mother of two who “knew how to put a smile on everyone’s face.”
Brittany Rhea Phillips, 26, died after being hit by a car belonging to her ex-boyfriend James Heath Kitchens, 30, on Saturday, November 21.
The incident took place in Riviera Road, just outside of Starkville, Mississippi, United States, around 8 p.m.
Brittany, who also owned Couturhea, an online boutique and beauty salon Beauty Perfected, was rushed by ambulance to the OCH Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.
She leaves behind a seven-year-old girl and a baby boy who were born on February 2 this year and conceived by kitchens.
Kitchens are now being held in the county jail on a $ 25,000 bail.
WCBI reports that delegates believe the incident stemmed from a “home situation” but went no further.
Kitchens is a former police officer who served with the Tupelo Police Department until May 2020, WTVA reports.
A police spokesperson told the point of sale that he had been working there since January 2019, but that “no further employment data should be released as that is a personnel issue.”
Local photographer, Belmont Images Magazine, wrote in a moving tribute on Facebook: “I don’t know if any of you ever met Brittany Rhea Phillips, but she was taken from us last night during a domestic violence at her home in Starkville.
“She leaves many fond memories of countless photo shoots over the years, together with two young children.
“I met her in 2011 when she was a skinny little 16 years old from Starkville.
“We could see how good a model she would become.
“She eventually traveled the world to do what she loved to do. She will be missed.”
A GoFundMe was now set up to cover Brittany’s funeral expenses and to raise her young children.
The fundraiser says, “Many of you who have met Brittany Rhea know she was a beautiful soul inside and out.
“She left behind her two children, Carley who was 7 and Caleb who was only 10 months old.”
It goes on: “She knew how to put a smile on everyone’s face.
“She was killed too soon and her family would appreciate your support during this traumatic time.”
Proceeds will go to Phillips’s mother who will raise the two young children, the fundraiser said.