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Judge Wade Naramore

Judge Wade Naramore

Jonesboro, Ark. — Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the 2nd Judicial District, has been asked to step into a “hot” situation in Hot Springs where the Garland County Prosecuting Attorney Terri Harris has recused herself over the death of the 18-month-old son of Garland County Circuit Court Judge Wade Naramore, who presides over Juvenile Court cases.
Any action in the case is being withheld until Ellington arrives on the scene, and he isn’t expected until next week according to a statement released by Hot Springs Police.
To date the only information released by police is that Thomas Naramore, 18 months, died Friday afternoon after being left unattended in a hot car for an undetermined amount of time. Police also confirmed that the initial 911 call was made by Judge Wade Naramore. This was following a preliminary autopsy report.
Thomas Naramore

Thomas Naramore

The Naramore family issued a statement which called the incident a “tragic accident.”
“The decision to withhold information and postpone any possible arrest in this matter was made at the direction of Scott Ellington special prosecutor recently assigned to the case,” according to Hot Springs Police Chief David Flory.
At that time the Hot Springs police will turn over all evidence and information to Ellington for his ruling and any subsequent action. At this point their investigation is continuing, police said.
Scott Ellington

Scott Ellington

No stranger to controversy, Ellington previously was prosecutor in the West Memphis Three retrial which concluded with a plea deal which netted them their freedom.
Responding to community and press criticism over police inaction and lack of information made public they responded that despite Judge Naramore’s “high profile,” the department will maintain its commitment to the community and handle the case with “professionalism and unbiased treatment of those we come in contact.”
To view the full police department press release issued Tuesday, click HSPDpressrelease.

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