Presley Hunt, 4 months old, was pronounced dead in June after apparently being shaken to death.
Devin Dewayne Hunt, 23, is charged with capital murder in the death of his 4-month-old daughter, Presley Hunt.
BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - A Bryant man is arrested and charged with capital murder in the death of his four-month-old daughter.
In a press release issued Tuesday morning. Bryant police said they began investigating Devin Dewayne Hunt, 23, on June 21st of this year. They were called to Arkansas Children's Hospital in reference to the baby who had been transported there from Saline Memorial Hospital. Doctors at Children's Hospital told officers that the injuries the child suffered were consistent with what is called "shaken baby syndrome." The baby, Presley Hunt, was pronounced dead on June 22nd.
After an in-depth investigation involving multiple interviews and reviewing reports from the medical examiner and doctors who treated the child, Bryant investigators developed enough information to obtain an arrest warrant for Hunt and charged him with capital murder.
According to the arrest report from Bryant Police, Devin Hunt spent most of June 21st with his daughter while his wife was at work.
Later in the evening, when Presley did not wake up, Hunt, along with his mother, took the baby to Saline Memorial Hospital. Staff transferred her to Arkansas Children's Hospital. Doctors pronounced Presley dead the next day.
"I just think this entire family, both sides are in shock. They've gone through a lot since June, all the way up until yesterday when he was taken into custody. So this is a, this is a whirlwind this family is in right now so I'm sure they're all in shock and all of them are looking for the answers we're looking for as to why? Why did this happen," says Todd Crowson with Bryant Police.
Investigators wanted all the pieces of evidence together before moving forward with an arrest.
"You just kind of have to go off interviews with what the parents are telling you, what family members are telling you and mainly what the doctors are telling you. They're the experts they've seen these kinds of injuries before they know what they're looking for...that's why we were waiting to get back the medical examiners report from the autopsy. All that does is confirm everything that we already know and what they know," says Crowson.
Hunt is being held without bond at the Saline County jail and according to authorities had no prior record.
What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?
Information about Shaken Baby Syndrome from Arkansas Children's Hospital
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