Arkansas Toddler Dies After Suspected Abuse

CHICOT COUNTY, Ark. - A 3-year-old girl has died in a case of suspected abuse.

The Chicot County Sheriff's Office says she died on Tuesday.

According to the incident report, deputies were notified when the child was brought into a local emergency room by her mother and grandmother with injuries described as "severe."

The CCSO says Journee Orji was later airlifted to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, where she died.

After interviewing Journee's mother, who lives in Lake Village, the CCSO she told deputies that her boyfriend Jeffery Tucker had spanked Journee at her home earlier in the day.

After receiving that information and learning that Tucker had left the address in the mother's vehicle a BOLO was put out to surrounding agencies on the vehicle and Tucker.

He was taken into custody in Eudora just after 11 p.m. that night. 

Journee died from her injuries at 4:05 p.m. on Wednesday, the CCSO said.

A probable cause hearing and first court appearance was held Thursday for Tucker in  Chicot County Circuit Court.

He was charged with Capital Murder and ordered held without bond.

The CCSO says Tucker will be held in the Jefferson County Jail for now.


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