Police and prosecutors are still awaiting autopsy results before filing charges in the death of a 6-year-old Conway boy, prosecuting attorney Marcus Vaden said.
Police released information Tuesday indicating that the boy, identified as Javari Washington, sustained injuries late on the night of Aug. 13 or early morning Aug. 14 in his Ledbetter Drive home. He died from those injuries on Monday.
Vaden said he expects to hear from the State Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday regarding the extent and nature of the injuries that led to the boy’s death. No one has been arrested, he said, but the Conway Police Department has served at least one search warrant and collected several pieces of evidence.
"They’re working very hard to determine what happened," Vaden said.
He wouldn’t release details of the items recovered or who a suspect may be.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Child Fatality Notification service lists a fatality notification for the boy, in which it is alleged that he was shaken by a family member, 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.
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