Saline County officials said today during a court appearance for Devin Hunt that he still is not formally charged with capital murder but that he's being held on suspicion of the charge.
Also in court today, Hunt was ordered held without bond. His next court date is in November.
Update (September 25):
The Bryant Police Department (BPD) confirms today that Devin Dewayne Hunt, 23, was charged Monday with capital murder in the death of his four-month-old daughter, Presley Hunt.
The BPD says the investigation began back on June 21st when Investigators were called to Arkansas Children's Hospital after the child was taken there from Saline Memorial Hospital. The doctors at Children's Hospital had informed the investigators that the injuries the child was suffering from were consistent with what was described as a "shaken baby." The baby girl was pronounced dead the next evening.
After continued investigation and numerous interviews, along with the reports from the State Medical Examiner and the hospital doctors, BPD iInvestigators were able to develop enough information to obtain an arrest warrant for Devin Hunt and charge him with Capital Murder.
After his arrest, Hunt was taken to the Saline County Jail where he is being held without bond. Hunt is also a member of the Army National Guard where he just finished his boot camp approximately one month prior to this incident in June, the BPD says.
Original story (September 24):
A Saline County man is arrested on a capital murder charge, his attorney confirming he's been accused of killing his infant daughter.
Devin Hunt, 23, of Bryant, was arrested at the Saline County Courthouse on Monday on a capital murder charge with the victim being less than 14-years-old.
According to Saline County jail documents, Hunt is employed by the Arkansas National Guard.
Some of Hunt's family members referred us to his attorney, Bill James, who confirmed Hunt's charges stem from the death of his daughter.
Presley Faith Hunt was born on February 6th and died on June 22nd, after being transported to Arkansas Children's Hospital, according to the girl's obituary.
James said the infant was in Hunt's care, when her mother contacted an ambulance for medical attention. According to James, Hunt is accused of shaking the infant.
Hunt is being held at the Saline County Jail without bond. His attorney said Hunt has insisted he is innocent and plans to plead not guilty to the charge.
If convicted of capital murder, Hunt could face life imprisonment without parole.
According to Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Cassidy, the investigation has been going on for several weeks.
KARK contacted Bryant Police Department, which acted as the arresting agency in this case, but they had no comment on Monday.