- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission says it will wait for police to conduct an investigation into the death of a circuit court judge’s 18-month-old son, who was left in a hot car.

The commission will allow for police and other agencies to “provide more facts” before it would consider any discipline for Garland County Circuit Court Judge Wade Naramore, Executive Director David Sachar wrote late Tuesday in an emailed statement. It wasn’t clear whether the commission received complaints, and commission officials said Wednesday they could not discuss any potential discipline matters.

“The (commission) is aware of allegations involving Judge Naramore and his child’s death. An investigation is pending. Our sincere condolences go out to the family and loved ones for their tragic loss,” Sachar wrote.

No charges have been filed in the case. Second Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington, who is based in Jonesboro and was chosen to handle the criminal investigation, said two of his deputies began meeting with investigators at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Little information has been released about the child’s death on Friday. The Hot Springs Sentinel Record reported that police said a preliminary investigation showed Thomas Naramore likely died of “excessive heat,” but Arkansas State Crime Lab officials said the final autopsy report and an official cause of death won’t be released until after toxicology tests are completed.

Hot Springs Police said late Tuesday that the 911 call, incident report and other documents gathered during the course of the investigation would not be released to media under the Freedom of Information Act, citing an exemption for documents in an open investigation.

Garland County Prosecutor Terri Harris recused herself and her staff from the case because Naramore is a judge in the same courthouse and had worked previously in the office as a deputy prosecutor.

Asked about a timeframe for the investigation, Ellington said, “There’s no need to rush at this point.”

Garland County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Williams confirmed that he has agreed to hear Naramore’s cases, who took leave after his son’s death, while the investigation continues.

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