Forrest City Judge Revokes Bond for Suspects in Child's Slaying

JANUARY 19, 2007 - Posted at 4:00 p.m. CST

FORREST CITY, AR - A judge in Forrest City has revoked bond for two suspects in the death of a four-year-old boy.

Roberta Johnson, 24, and 31-year-old Cornelius Dawson are charged with capital murder for the death of Lamont Hurd, who died on January 12.  A preliminary autopsy report says the boy died from blunt force injuries.

Johnson and Dawson were each being held at the St. Francis County Jail on a $500,000 bond.  Judge Steve Routon revoked that bond and ordered the two held without bond.

The suspects were arraigned on Wednesday.

Hurd died a week ago after emergency personnel were called to his home because he was having difficulty breathing.  Investigators say Lamont had "healing laceration marks" all over his body.

The other children were also at the residence.  A 3-year-old, who appeared to have injuries similar to Lamont's, and a one-year-old, were removed from the residence and placed in state custody.

The suspects are to appear in court again next Friday.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)