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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
 
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Man arrested following child’s sex abuse report to school counselor

Northwest Arkansas Times

Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2006

URL: http://www.nwanews.com/nwat/News/41109//P/DIV

A report of sexual abuse to an area school counselor led to the arrest of a Fayetteville man Thursday.

The Northwest Arkansas Times is not releasing the name of the suspect to protect the identity of the alleged victims.

The suspect was arrested for a parole violation. He also faces charges on three counts of seconddegree sexual assault and two counts of rape.

The investigation began Thursday after a child spoke with a school counselor and described the abuse. The child said a sibling had also been abused. The alleged victim also reported that the mother had been informed of the abuse and said to "stay away from (the) father."

The counselor notified the child abuse hotline at approximately 4:49 p.m., but there was no indication the police department had been notified. As a result, the child was returned to the suspect at the end of the school day.

At approximately 6:15 p.m., the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Unit notified the Fayetteville Police Department of the case. A background check on the reported suspect showed he was on parole and there was an extensive history of domestic violence between the suspect and the alleged victim’s mother.

The mother refused to cooperate with investigators and at one time said she would move the children to Mexico.

The Fayetteville Police Department, worried about the safety of the children in the home, sought a protective hold the children and notified the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Officers were concerned about the children remaining in the home because of the alleged offender being there and the mother’s failure to protect the children after being notified of the abuse.

The DHS on-call case worker, Christian Dickey, was sent to the home but said he was unfamiliar with what procedures to follow on protective holds. He contacted his on-call supervisor, Misty Blanton, and was told they would not take a protective hold.

Investigators were eventually able to find a grandparent to take custody of the children until the investigation could be completed or a court order could be obtained.

Following his arrest, the suspect made no statements and requested an attorney.

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