Corning Man Charged in Death of 7-Week-Old

February 13, 2006 -- Posted at 8:25 p.m. CST


PARAGOULD, AR -- After a five month investigation, a Region 8 man is charged with murder in the first degree in the death of his seven-week-old son.

It all started in September of 2005 when officers were called to a home inParagould.

“On the 27th of September we began and investigation into the report of a child death,” said Lt. Ken Jackson of the Paragould Police Department.


The seven week old baby was taken to the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center and then to the Arkansas Children's Hospital where he died.


“Due to the circumstances surrounding the child’s death it was sent for an autopsy at the state crime lab,” said Jackson.  

Interviews were conducted with the family of the child, the staff of the Arkansas Children's Hospital, and the state crime lab; and the stories just didn't match.

“I’ve been in contact with the prosecuting attorney's office and we were waiting on the decision from the crime lab as to what they thought happened and we got those results today,” said Jackson.  

Jackson says the child died of a head injury and brain trauma.

And now, 39-year-old Fred Scott of corning is charged with the death of his seven week old son.


Scott is currently at the Greene County Jail where he will remain until his $250,000 bond is paid.

“He is charged with murder in the first degree and he will be formally arraigned sometime in the near future,” said Jackson.  

Scott will be arraigned by Second Judicial Prosecutor Brent Davis.

Scott is charged with a Class Y felony -- the highest felony in the country -- and could mean a sentence of ten years to life in prison.