Jonesboro man charged in smothering death of baby

Carlos Rubin (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Carlos Rubin (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro man is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond in the smothering death of a one-year-old baby.

Carlos Dwayne Rubin, 38, is charged with manslaughter. He's accused of recklessly causing the death of Rashawn Hughes.

On November 1, 2013, the Jonesboro Police Department was contacted by the Arkansas State Police's Crimes Against Children Division regarding Hughes' death.

A juvenile witness told investigators he saw Rubin standing over the baby, who was in bed, shoving his head into a pillow and yelling at him to go to sleep, the affidavit stated.

After Rubin left the room the child said Hughes "went stiff and then began to vomit."

The child reportedly told investigators "he would try to move Rashawn's hands and arms when he was stiff, but was unable to do so."

The next morning the juvenile witness told Hughes' mother that something was wrong with the baby.

According to the affidavit, "Rashawn would eventually get medical treatment" at NEA Baptist Hospital before being sent to LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis where he died.

Court records state Rubin "would never acknowledge that he had done anything to hurt Rashawn" and refused to cooperate with the investigation.

The baby's body was sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for autopsy.

Three months later, on February 13, Dr. Charles Kokes, the chief medical examiner for the state, ruled the case a homicide "due to there being no natural causes that would cause the injuries sustained by the victim," which included brain swelling and retinal hemorrhaging.

According to the court records, Dr. Kokes told investigators that two actions would cause these injuries: "shaking of Rashawn in a violent manner or some type of asphyxia."

On Thursday, March 6, the evidence was submitted to Craighead County District Judge Keith Blackman who set Rubin's bond at $5,000.

If convicted, Rubin could be sentenced anywhere from 3 to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

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