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story.lead_photo.caption Tyler Buchanan, 19, of Van Buren

VAN BUREN -- A man used an extension cord to try to shock his 2-month-old daughter back to life after police say he smothered her to stop her crying, a probable-cause affidavit said.

Tyler Buchanan, 19, went before Crawford County Circuit Judge Gary Cottrell for a probable-cause hearing Wednesday. Cottrell ordered Buchanan held in lieu of $1 million bond in the Crawford County jail on a charge of first-degree murder.

No formal charges were filed Wednesday. Van Buren police spokesman Jonathan Wear said the investigation of the baby's death will continue.

Wear said Buchanan smothered the infant about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday then cut the end off an extension cord and used it to try to revive the baby.

"Buchanan admitted that he knew the child stopped breathing around 2:30 a.m. and he knew that holding the child's head against his shoulder caused the child to stop breathing," Van Buren police officer Wes Marsh wrote in the affidavit.

Buchanan did not call for help after the infant died, the affidavit said. Wear said when the child's mother awoke at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Buchanan was holding the girl in his hands and told the mother their daughter was not breathing. She called 911, Wear said.

Police and emergency medical personnel responded to the call for help at 1112 Baldwin St. The infant was transported to Sparks Hospital in Van Buren where she was pronounced dead.

The affidavit said Buchanan told police initially that the child woke up around 5:30 a.m., he fed her a bottle and put her back to sleep. He said he woke up later and discovered the baby was not breathing. He also admitted trying to shock the baby's heart with the extension cord.

Later, Buchanan admitted to smothering the baby, according to the affidavit. Buchanan told police the infant was screaming and that he was trying to get the baby to stop screaming so he could sleep, the document said.


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  • JIMBOB47
    June 14, 2018 at 8:10 a.m.

    What kind of drugs was this lunatic on?

  • Dolos
    June 14, 2018 at 8:31 a.m.

    A consequence of children having children and living in a state that ignores sex education and treats every pregnancy as a blessing regardless of circumstance.

  • Nodmcm
    June 14, 2018 at 9:49 a.m.

    How true, Dolos. The good news here is that we have plenty of rich farmers and doctors to pay the $32,000 per year for this young man to live in an Arkansas prison for the rest of his life. So for 60 years of prison for this teenager, it will only cost $1,920,000. That's about how much a doctor's airplane costs, or maybe a couple of new tractors for a farmer. Sure, its a shame, but it is very important that the elite in Arkansas foot the bill when they allow things like this to happen. In China, a couple practically has to get a license from the government to have a child, after proving they are fit, both economically and mentally, for the very difficult job of raising a child. This young man wasn't ready for parenthood, or at least not properly trained and prepared for the obvious challenges. Its a crime that anyone can have a child, without a dime in their pocket or a lick of sense about how to raise one.

  • FireEyes
    June 14, 2018 at 10:37 a.m.

    dolos....WRONG! It's a direct result the sinful proclivities of the human soul without God. The classic "me" first mentality fostered by the very devil himself and worshipped by liberals and those who hate God. You will see more of this the more God is kicked aside and the devil is worshipped.

  • DEE672
    June 14, 2018 at 11:29 a.m.

    Hideous story.
    Nodmcm I wish we had the same limits on reproduction as China. Plato said in the 5th century BCE that if we bred our cattle as we breed our humans it would be a massive mess, and it obviously is. The idea we have the "right" to have as many children as we want is crazy when the planet is polluted from overpopulation with the least productive people being the most reproductive people. Religion is one of the causes of this calamity.

  • Nodmcm
    June 14, 2018 at 11:42 a.m.

    Dee: I just checked and in Arkansas, 67% of births were paid for by Medicaid, according to the 2016 Kaiser Family Foundation Medicaid Budget Survey. Most of those Medicaid-financed births were to white women (African-Americans are only 15.76% of Arkansas' population, according to 2010 USCensus data). So two-thirds of the births in Arkansas could not be paid for by the parent(s). How about a law that no one can have a baby unless they can prove they have either current health insurance to cover the costs of delivery, or $5,000 in hand.

  • JiminyC56
    June 14, 2018 at 12:22 p.m.

    But Tyler was soo tired from playing video games all day he needed his rest and the baby just wouldn't be quiet.

  • gagewatcher
    June 14, 2018 at 2:01 p.m.

    Dolos Why is it the "states" responsibly to make sure some people aren't idiots. what happened to personal responsibility ?

  • CartoonDude
    June 15, 2018 at 7:35 a.m.

    You really shouldn't get your medical training from comedies like There's Something About Mary. An extension cord is not a defibrillator.

  • Delta2
    June 15, 2018 at 8:20 a.m.

    Nodmcm, your first post shows how out of touch with reality you are. Comments about doctors having airplanes like it is commonplace, and suggesting that farmers and doctors are responsible for too-young parents not having sense enough to come in out of the rain clearly shows a delusional bias in your thinking. Did you get dumped by a physician or farmer in a previous relationship or something? Can't understand your ongoing bitterness unless it's just pure scorn.

    Otherwise, Dolos is right on target, without the imaginary scapegoats.