West Memphis Birthday Party Turns Violent

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.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)