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Man pleads not guilty in Rogers baby death

A Rogers man has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the death of an 11-month-old boy.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A Rogers man has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the death of an 11-month-old boy.

Michael Proffitt Jr. entered the plea this week in Benton County Circuit Court. Prosecutors accuse him of killing the child at a Rogers motel on May 30 while he was babysitting the boy. The Morning News reports that the boy suffered a skull fracture, blunt force head injuries and numerous bruises on his face, neck and head.

An affidavit says Proffitt initially told police that the boy fell off a bed.

Proffitt is being held in the Benton County jail without bond. Prosecutors say attorneys will be appointed to represent him.

Circuit Judge Robin Green scheduled a court appearance for Proffitt on Aug. 6.


 

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