WEST MEMPHIS, AR - A West Memphis man's birthday party ended in violence when his 17-month-old daughter was killed by a car that police say was deliberately backed into a crowd of partygoers. Police say 23-year-old Kintrell Patterson of Marion, the toddler's uncle, was charged with first-degree murder, accused of killing Jarkala Clark.
Police say the girl's father, 29-year-old Jerome Clark, was celebrating his birthday when Patterson arrived early Wednesday, just after midnight, and the two got into a quarrel.
Assistant Police Chief Mike Allen said that, as Patterson left, he attempted to run over Clark by putting his car into reverse and backing into a crowd of about a dozen people standing outside Clark's apartment. Allen said Clark was knocked over and suffered a broken leg, but the car then ran over the little girl. Allen said Patterson then drove away and was arrested later at his father's home in Marion.