LR man ar­rested in in­fant’s in­juries

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS - CLARA TURNAGE

A Lit­tle Rock man was ar­rested Wed­nes­day af­ter doc­tors found mul­ti­ple se­vere frac­tures on his mal­nour­ished in­fant daugh­ter’s arm and leg and mul­ti­ple sus­pected frac­tures to the child’s ribs, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested D’Juan Wil­liams, 24, on Mara Lynn Road on Wed­nes­day, eight days af­ter doc­tors found “mul­ti­ple frac­tures” through­out the child’s body, ac­cord­ing to a war­rant for his ar­rest. The in­fant girl also had bruis­ing un­der one of her eyes and was mal­nour­ished, court doc­u­ments said.

Wil­liams told of­fi­cers he was the child’s pri­mary care­giver at the time of the in­jury, but he said he could give no spe­cific rea­son for why the girl would have so many frac­tures, of­fi­cers re­ported. The in­juries were con­sis­tent with “se­ri­ous phys­i­cal abuse or a trau­matic car ac­ci­dent,” a doc­tor at Ar­kan­sas Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, where the in­fant had surgery to re­pair her arm, told po­lice.

Wil­liams’ wife told po­lice he had a his­tory of abuse. She said he had re­cently ac­cused her of hav­ing an af­fair and did not be­lieve that the child was his child, ac­cord­ing to the war­rant.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested Wil­liams on a charge of first-de­gree bat­tery and trans­ported him to the Pu­laski County jail, where he re­mained Fri­day in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

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