Daycare Van Death Draws Comparisons to Hot Springs Case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Hot car deaths are sadly far too common, for some in Arkansas, this West Memphis case brings to mind a similar death in Hot Springs, two years ago.

The 2015 case involving a toddler, and a circuit judge in Garland county, has been a forerunner in deaths related to hot cars in recent years.

The prosecutor handling the West Memphis hot car death case is  the same prosecutor  that was appointed to handle the hot car death of a judge's son in July of 2015.  Some questions have arised such as, "why it took six months to charge the judge in that case, but just a few days to charge these women."

According to Prosecutor Scott Ellington, he says his investigators were able to be on scene within hours and directly assist with the west memphis investigation  because it is in his district.

However it was more than a week before he was appointed as special prosecutor in the death of 18-month old Thomas Naramore in Hot Springs.

There were also specific safety protocols at the daycare aimed to prevent this type of tragedy. That his investigators have found were not followed,  which has led to the more serious charges for the daycare workers compared to the misdemeanor charge for Judge Wade Naramore.

Judge Naramore was acquitted by a jury after being arrested and charged with negligent homicide after leaving his son in a hot car instead of dropping him off at daycare.

This is not just a police investigation though as  the Department of Human Services is also involved.  DHS has referred ascent to the Office of Medicaid Inspector General to examine the company's claims practices  following the police investigation into Christopher Gardner Junior's death.

As more develops, we'll keep you updated.

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