Newport man found guilty in murder of 2 year-old son

Richard Ingram Provided by Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Richard Ingram Provided by Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) – The man accused in the death of his 2-year-old was found guilty in court Friday.

According to the Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce's Office, Richard Ingram was found guilty of capital murder in the death of his 2-year-old son Friday. It took the jury just 37 minutes to convict Ingram.

Ingram was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In August of 2010, Newport Police arrested Ingram after he admitted to beating his son with a belt while trying to potty train him. Newport Police say he also admitted that he shook his son until his head flopped back and forth.

In an autopsy, conducted by Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Erickson, he stated the injuries to Thomas included a broken back just below the ribcage which had caused internal bleeding. Doctor Erickson summarized this case by stating Thomas was a "brutally beaten baby" and that he had "severe deep injuries that are in distribution from the head to above the pubis."

On Friday August 13, 2010, police were called to 123 Lacy Drive in Newport where they found 2-year-old Damarrius Thomas not breathing. He was transported to Arkansas Children's Hospital where he died the next day.

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