Conway police are assisting state agencies in investigating the death of a young Conway boy.
In a Conway Police Department incident report released today, 6-year-old Javari Washington is listed as the victim of first-degree battery occurring at the child’s Ledbetter Drive residence between Thursday evening and very early Friday morning.
The report states that the boy was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Crimes Against Children division of the Arkansas State Police were notified of the incident.
CPD public information officer Sharen Carter confirmed this afternoon that Washington died on Monday, but couldn’t comment on the circumstances of the child’s death.
"All I can say right now is that it’s a pending investigation and we are awaiting autopsy results," Carter said.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Child Fatality Notification service lists a "near fatality" notification for a child with the same date of birth in which it is alleged that the child was shaken, suffering hematomas (collection of blood inside the body caused by ruptured blood vessels) and cerebral edema (accumulation of fluid in the brain causing swelling).
The notification also states that the child was involved in two previous DHS cases, one for inadequate supervision that was closed in November 2008 and another for educational neglect that was closed in June.
This online notification lists the incident as occurring in Conway County. DHS spokesperson Joyce Williams said Tuesday that this was an error and that the incident did occur in Faulkner County. Williams said this would be corrected on the DHS Web site.
The DHS Division of Children and Family Services is also assisting in the investigation.
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