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Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington
Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney
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Jury Convicts West Memphis Man of First Degree Battery
MARION, AR, December 18, 2015 – Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announced Friday that Crittenden County jurors convicted Terrance A. Washington, 26, of West Memphis, of first degree battery. The jury returned its verdict late Thursday afternoon after a two day trial. Circuit Judge John Fogleman followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Washington to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Ellington said, “I really appreciate the hard work of Deputy Prosecutor Rik Ramsey, and the West Memphis Police Department, specifically Detective Stacy Allen, in putting this case together. Dr. Karen Lakin of Lebonheur Children’s Hospital was also a tremendous help in preparing and presenting this case to the jury.”
History of the Case:
On November 24, 2013, officers from the West Memphis Police Department responded to an incident with regard to a three-month old baby.
The mother of the infant fed him that morning before leaving for work. Upon the mother’s arrival home at around 3:00 p.m., it was discovered that the child was unresponsive and could not be revived. EMTs were called, and upon arrival they took the child immediately to Lebonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Upon meeting with the family at Lebonheur, the police department began their investigation. It was at that time that the investigators learned that the infant had been left with Washington to care for during the time that the injuries were alleged to have occurred. Subsequent investigation revealed that the child suffered abusive head trauma. Based upon this information and further investigation, charges were brought alleging Washington caused serious physical injury to the minor child.
The child did recover; however, the injuries he suffered have caused him to have deficits in language and motor skill abilities.