Derek Brown, 26 years old of Cherokee Village was arrested on February 6th, 2020 and charged with suspicion of endangering the welfare of a minor/ 1st Degree/ risk of death or physical injury by Craighead County authorities.
We first brought you this story in January when the 19 year old mother of the infant, Raine Everett of Walnut Ridge was charged with 1st degree battery on the five week old child which allegedly took place on January 22nd on Craighead Rd. 117 in Bono. Now Derek Brown is charged in connection with that same incident. Brown admitted to knowing that methamphetamines were used in the mobile home while the infant was present also admitting to yelling and screaming at the infant and possibly shaking the child on January 21st according to authorities. Brown also admitted that he knowingly allowed the child to go for at least one day without baby formula according to the affidavit. At least one witness has confirmed hearing Brown scream at the infant and shake the child.
Brown has a criminal history including a 2014 DWI charge out of Craighead County, a drinking in public charge, and a battery first degree charge out of Lawrence County in 2015, he was on probation in 2018.
Brown was placed on a $25,000 bond and has a February 28th court appearance.
The original story ……….
Nineteen year old, Raine Everett of Walnut Ridge has been charged in Craighead County after District Court Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause to charge Everett with 1st degree battery and knowingly causing serious injury to a person under five years of age.Â Â
The sheriffâ€™s office received information Monday from the Arkansas State Police crimes against children division. During interviews conducted on Tuesday , the five week old babyâ€™s father allegedly told investigators that he saw Everett shake the baby until he went limp. The original incident took place on January 22nd when Bono first responders and Emerson ambulance responded to the 4100 block of Craighead Road 117 for a call of a baby not breathing. After being treated on scene the baby was taken to St. Bernardâ€™s then transferred to Le Bonheurâ€™s Children Hospital for further treatment. The affidavit states that medical personnel treated the child for bruises on the babyâ€™s back and fractured bones on his lower body.Â Craighead County officials stated the findings were suspicious for non accidental trauma and included what appeared to be abusive head trauma.
The baby was taken into protective custody by the Arkansas Department of Human Services along with another daughter belonging to the suspect. A no contact order was issued between Everett and her children. She was issued $100,000 bond and according to the Craighead County Sheriffâ€™s Office she was released on bond Wednesday afternoon.Â