For­mer NWA cou­ple charged with mur­der of 3-year-old girl

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - STAFF RE­PORT

Two peo­ple with ties to North­west Ar­kan­sas have been charged with the mur­der of a 3-year-old girl in Cal­i­for­nia, ac­cord­ing to a court doc­u­ment.

An­gela Phakhin, 27, and Unt­wan Smith, 46, were ar­raigned Fri­day in Su­pe­rior Court in Sacra­mento, Calif.

De­tec­tives ar­rested Phakhin and Smith on Wed­nes­day in Ran­cho Cordova, Calif., in con­nec­tion with child en­dan­ger­ment and con­spir­acy.

A po­lice of­fi­cer no­ticed the cou­ple near their white Toy­ota RAV4, which was parked the wrong way on Rod Beaudry Drive at 12:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Of­fi­cers searched the car and found the child un­der blan­kets in the back seat. The girl was de­clared dead at the scene.

Phakhin and Smith will be pros­e­cuted by the Sacra­mento County dis­trict at­tor­ney. Their next court date is July 10.

De­tec­tives be­lieve Phakhin and Smith ar­rived in Cal­i­for­nia in Fe­bru­ary and have been liv­ing with the child in the ve­hi­cle through­out the city and county, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The last known ad­dress for Smith is 5439 W. Cle­venger Drive in Fayet­teville, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest war­rant. The most re­cent ad­dress for Phakhin is 1397 Austin St. in Spring­dale, ac­cord­ing to a court doc­u­ment.

Smith had an ar­rest war­rant out of Prairie Grove Dis­trict Court for sev­eral mis­de­meanors in 2016. He was con­victed of ter­ror­is­tic threat­en­ing and pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a felon in Wash­ing­ton County Cir­cuit Court in 2003.



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