Prairie Creek Woman Accused Of Throwing Newborn Across Room
POSTED: 6:05 pm CDT March 20, 2007
UPDATED: 11:27 am CDT March 21, 2007
PRAIRIE CREEK, Ark. -- A 24-year-old woman was arrested in Prairie Creek on Sunday, accused of throwing
her newborn baby across a room.
Police arrested Amanda Lea White at her home, where White's husband James told police their 36-day-old baby had been
fussy and crying for hours. He told authorities that he and his wife, along with their 14-year-old daughter, had each been
taking two-hour shifts to watch the baby and calm her down.
When it was Amanda White's turn again on Sunday morning and the baby still hadn't stopped crying after 16 hours, police
said, James White told them he saw his wife throw the infant 6 feet across the room where the baby landed in a padded chair.
He said White walked away saying, "I'll kill that child again if it don't stop crying."
James White took the baby to a hospital while the mother stayed behind and slept.
During the police investigation, James White and his daughter alleged instances in the past when White's patience wore
thin with the infant.
"I think the father is a very loving father that wants to protect his kids. Unfortunately, in this particular case, he
has to protect them from this mother," said Benton County Deputy Doug Gay.
The Department of Human Services has reviewed the case and allowed James White to keep custody of the infant. He told
police that he's going to file a protection order against his wife and start filing for divorce.
Amanda White's bond has been set at $20,000.
If she does post that bond, police said, she won't be allowed near her daughter or any other children