- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A special prosecutor said his office is reviewing information already collected into the death of a judge’s young son, who was left in a hot car.

But Scott Ellington adds they’re still waiting for more details in the case, including the medical examiner’s report, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

A preliminary investigation shows Thomas Naramore, the child of Garland County Circuit Judge Wade Naramore, died late last month as the result of “excessive heat” after being left unattended in a hot car for an unknown amount of time.

Police said officers responded after the judge called 911. No criminal charges have been filed.

Ellington was announced as special prosecutor last week in the case and signed paperwork Monday to make the appointment official. Garland County Prosecuting Attorney Terri Harris requested a special prosecutor because Harris was previously Wade Naramore’s boss.

Ellington said he met Monday with Hot Springs Police Chief David Flory and investigators within the department to discuss the case. He said his staff members also had previously met with police last week.

The 911 recordings from the scene are part of the ongoing investigation and won’t be released until it’s complete, Ellington said.

Naramore wasn’t in court Tuesday and hasn’t presided over court since the incident, The Sentinel-Record reported. Administrative Office of the Courts Director J.D. Gingerich said three other circuit judges haven’t requested a special judge appointment to assist them with Naramore’s caseload.

Gingerich said all four judges are assigned to courtrooms in proximity to each other, enabling Naramore’s absence to be filled without the appointment of a special judge.


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