- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The self-imposed deadline set by the special prosecutor assigned to investigate a Garland County judge’s involvement in the hot car death of his 18-month-old son is no longer in effect.

Second Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington said he won’t set additional deadlines to decide if charges will be filed against Division 2 Circuit Judge Wade Naramore in the death of his son, Thomas.

On Jan. 29, Ellington told The Sentinel-Record (https://bit.ly/1miiMl4 ) that he’d make an announcement by the middle of this week. Last month, he said he’d announce his decision by Feb. 1.

Ellington said he and his deputies are still reviewing the investigative file.

“We continue to work on this matter, but we must also handle the heavy caseload we carry in our own district,” Ellington said.

Naramore’s son died July 24 from “excessive heat” after being left unattended in a hot car for an unknown amount of time. He has not presided over court since the incident.

Ellington had told former Hot Springs Police Chief David Flory to deny Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell’s Freedom of Information request for recordings of calls Naramore and his father-in-law made to 911 following the boy’s death.

Campbell successfully petitioned the court in November to uphold his request through FOIA law.

Ellington won a protective order in December to withhold statements captured by police body microphones and dashboard cameras on the scene until the case is resolved or if he decides not to pursue criminal charges.

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Information from: The Sentinel-Record, https://www.hotsr.com


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