Childs' Death Investigated As Homicide - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Osceola, Keith Boles - Reports

Childs' Death Investigated As Homicide

OSCEOLA (KAIT) - Although an arrest has been made, the Osceola Police Department is still investigating the death of a three year old girl that occurred last Sunday.

On Sunday, an injured three year old girl was brought to the emergency room of the Blythiville hospital.

The nature of the child injuries raised suspicion at the hospital in Blytheville and local authorities were notified.

 Chief Ray Rigsby, OPD, "They said they had a three year old black female who had died and they had suspicion of the death at that time."

 The child was 3 year old E'shana Barnes who lived with her mother Antwonette Henderson and her mothers boyfriend and 2 other siblings in Osceola.

 The body was sent to the crime lab in Little Rock and the Osceola PD began it's investigation.

 Rigsby, "We started working and taking statements from people who had taken her up there and from the mother and the boyfriend started working on it here. "

 Wednesday morning the preliminary report showed that it had been a homicide. Cause of death was internal bleeding.

 That afternoon a warrant was issued for Antwonette Henderson the child's mother  for endangering the welfare of a minor. She was bound over to circuit court with a hundred and fifty thousand dollar bond.

The endangerment charge is based on the mothers statement that the child was having a seizure and she refused to take her to the local hospital, five minutes from the home and took her to Blytheville instead.

Depending on further investigation the charges may change to a more severe level.

Neighbors who lived next to Henderson were shocked at the child's death and mothers arrest.

Maria Russells' children had often played with Hendersons children.

"She was a really good mother, she did everything she could do for her kids she went out of her way for her kids I mean there wasn't no kinds of evidence, nothing."

 For now Henderson remains in the Mississippi County jail and the investigation continues in Osceola.

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

  • JPD Officer of the Year award announced

    JPD Officer of the Year award announced

    Monday, December 18 2017 2:42 PM EST2017-12-18 19:42:58 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 3:08 PM EST2017-12-18 20:08:59 GMT

    Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott announced who was the top cop for his department for 2017 during their annual Christmas party.

    Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott announced who was the top cop for his department for 2017 during their annual Christmas party.

  • Street department has all hands on drainage cleanup

    Street department has all hands on drainage cleanup

    Monday, December 18 2017 1:35 PM EST2017-12-18 18:35:35 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 3:00 PM EST2017-12-18 20:00:49 GMT
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)

    With significant rain in the forecast, the City of Jonesboro Street Department is all hands on deck when it comes to drainage.

    With significant rain in the forecast, the City of Jonesboro Street Department is all hands on deck when it comes to drainage.

  • AR gas prices decrease over 3 cents

    AR gas prices decrease over 3 cents

    Monday, December 18 2017 12:53 PM EST2017-12-18 17:53:15 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 1:01 PM EST2017-12-18 18:01:54 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    Prices at the pump are down slightly over the last week.

    Prices at the pump are down slightly over the last week.

Powered by Frankly