NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) – A Rosary and memorial service are scheduled and donation accounts are set up for the families of two children who died in Newport Friday.
The St. Cecilia Catholic Church will have a Rosary Wednesday evening, and the Holden Avenue Church of Christ will have a Memorial Service Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. All are invited to attend.
Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so at the Merchants and Planters Bank for either family. The accounts are given with no particular purpose, but are open for any financial needs of the families.
The Tickle family plans to have a funeral service and burial for their child in Texas, but no information have been given as to when this will take place.
Newport residents gathered Sunday evening to remember the two children.
Newport resident Amanda Reynolds organized a candlelight vigil at the vacant lot located across from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and the Newport Police Department.
"The purpose of the vigil is three-fold," Reynolds said.
Reynolds said the three purposes of the vigil are to remember 16-month-old Landyn Tickle, who police believe died from excessive heat after accidentally being left by her father in a car, and an infant who died unexpectedly Friday morning, to show support for the families of the children, and to honor law enforcement and emergency workers who respond to tragic situations.
Captain Brandon Taylor with the Newport Fire Department appreciated being recognized. "It's an honor that people realize the trials that we have to deal with not necessarily on a daily basis, but quite frequently."
The Jackson County Sheriff's Department said 2-month-old Brantley Roberts was pronounced dead at Harris Hospital Aug. 3, and preliminary reports showed that the cause of death was sudden unexplained infant death, or SIDS. Lieutenant Shannon Webb told Region 8 News there was no cause for further investigation into the case.
According to a press release from the Newport Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Doyle Street around 4:42 p.m. Friday, in reference to a child that had been left in a vehicle.
When officers and the Newport Fire Department EMS arrived, they discovered that 16-month-old, Landyn Tickle was dead.
Police say following a preliminary investigation, police determined the child died when her father, Matt Tickle, forgot she was in the vehicle.
In the press release, police say Matt Tickle intended to take the young girl to a local daycare center Friday morning and forgot to drop her off.
Tickle then went to work at a local business and the child was left inside the vehicle while strapped in a car seat. The father did not discover the child until he came back home from work.
Matt Tickle is currently in the Jackson County Detention Center. Charges are still pending.
Tickle is expected to appear at an arraignment in the Jackson County District Court in Newport on Monday, August 6.
Landyn Tickle will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.
We will continue to track this story and bring you any new updates as soon as they become available.