- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Little Rock lawyer has filed an Arkansas Freedom of Information Act complaint against the Hot Springs police chief over 911 recordings in the summer death of a judge’s son.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1XCsmwZ ) lawyer and blogger Matthew Campbell filed the complaint in court Wednesday after his Freedom of Information Act request was denied. He had asked for all recordings of 911 calls made by Garland County Circuit Judge Wade Naramore on or about July 24.

Campbell’s complaint asks for a hearing and an order requiring Hot Springs Police Chief David Flory to turn over the requested records.

According to a preliminary investigation, the judge’s 1-year-old son died July 24 from “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.

Special Prosecutor Scott Ellington has previously said 911 recordings from the scene are part of an ongoing investigation and won’t be released until it’s complete.

Campbell’s Oct. 20 request also asked for “all 911 calls made by anyone else on or about July 24 … regarding Wade Naramore’s son.”

Campbell forwarded his request via email to Flory after receiving no reply by Oct. 21.The police chief replied to the email that day, saying he was “awaiting a ruling from the city attorney.”

City attorney Albright replied via letter to Campbell on Oct. 22 stating that “Ellington has indicated that the 911 call(s) in question are a part of an active, ongoing investigation.”

In a separate email, Albright reiterated that he believed the exemption to provide the public records stands in this situation.

“If there is an arrest, or the case is closed, we may be looking at a different situation,” Albright wrote.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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