Police: man angry about a dirty diaper broke baby's leg - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Police: man angry about a dirty diaper broke baby's leg

Austin Herrin (Source: Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Austin Herrin (Source: Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Region 8 man is locked up in the Poinsett County Jail after police say he got angry over a dirty diaper and broke the leg of an 8-month-old baby.

Austin P. Herrin, 19, of Ash Flat is charged with first-degree domestic battery.

According to Chief Gary Hefner of the Harrisburg Police Department, Herrin was alone caring for the baby on Oct. 13 when he reportedly became angry at her when she needed a diaper change.

Herrin “grabbed the child by the right leg,” dragging her across the floor on her face, Hefner stated.

Then, in one motion, Herrin reportedly picked the baby up by the right leg and turned her over. During this motion, Herrin told police he “heard the child’s leg break.”

Herrin said he “then became afraid and made a false story up at the hospital” when the baby was taken into the emergency room for treatment.

During the investigation, Hefner said Herrin moved to Ash Flat.

Police attempted to locate Herrin in Sharp County, Hefner said, with no success.

Then on Nov. 24 Detective Jimmy Bennett of the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department called Hefner saying Herrin had voluntarily come in for an interview.

According to Hefner, Herrin “confessed to causing the injuries” to the baby.

On Monday, Harrisburg District Court Judge Ron Hunter found probable cause to charge Herrin, setting his bond at $50,000 cash-only and ordering him to appear in Poinsett Circuit Court on Jan. 28.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services took the baby into protective custody where she remains.

Copyright 2015 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Suspect in custody after homicide investigation in Caruthersville, MO

    Suspect in custody after homicide investigation Caruthersville, MO

    Saturday, July 21 2018 11:00 PM EDT2018-07-22 03:00:06 GMT
    Caruthersville Police are investigating a deadly shooting. (Courtesy: Rob Foote, KFVS)Caruthersville Police are investigating a deadly shooting. (Courtesy: Rob Foote, KFVS)

    Caruthersville police chief Tony Jones says his department is investigating a deadly shooting. 

    Caruthersville police chief Tony Jones says his department is investigating a deadly shooting. 

  • Festival raises money for charities

    Festival raises money for charities

    Saturday, July 21 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-07-21 22:58:53 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 7:25 PM EDT2018-07-21 23:25:03 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Festival in the Park raised money for many local charities in Blytheville on Saturday.

    Festival in the Park raised money for many local charities in Blytheville on Saturday.

  • Man accused of stealing $69,000 worth of aluminum

    Man accused of stealing $69,000 worth of aluminum

    Saturday, July 21 2018 5:18 PM EDT2018-07-21 21:18:36 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 5:47 PM EDT2018-07-21 21:47:47 GMT
    Martin W. Culver (Source: Hayti Police Department)Martin W. Culver (Source: Hayti Police Department)

    A Pemiscot County, Missouri man faces trouble with the law after his arrest on suspicion of stealing $69,000 worth of aluminum from an area business. 

    A Pemiscot County, Missouri man faces trouble with the law after his arrest on suspicion of stealing $69,000 worth of aluminum from an area business. 

Powered by Frankly