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Arkansas man facing capital murder charges for 3-year-old girl's death

Mom's boyfriend now under arrest

CHICOT COUNTY, Ark.- - (11/2/2017) Chicot County Sheriff Ronald Nichols says 28-year-old Arkansas man is now under arrest for killing a 3-year-old girl.

On the Chicot County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page, Sheriff Nichols says on Halloween night, they were called to the emergency room at the Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village just after 6:30 p.m. for a child with severe injuries. When they arrived at the hospital, they learned 3-year-old Journee Orji had been brought in by her mother and grandmother earlier in the evening.

Journee was airlifted to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, AR where she later died on November 1 shortly after 11 a.m.

Deputies interviewed Journee's mother Jasmine Evans, who said earlier in the day, her boyfriend, 28-year-old Jeffery Tucker, had spanked the young girl. Investigators say Tucker took Evans car, and put out a BOLO for the vehicle.

Tucker was taken into custody in Eudora, AR just after 11 p.m. by the Chicot County Sheriff and four other deputies.

Today, a probable cause hearing was held at the Chicot County Circuit Court, with the honorable Judge Sam Pope presiding. Tucker was charged with capital murder in the death of Journee Orji. No bond was given. Tucker is now being held in the Jefferson County Jail. No trial date has been set. 

On the Sheriff's Office's Facebook page, Sheriff Nichols went on to say:

I know that many prayers have went up for Journee Orji over the past few days, I would like for us all to to keep her family in our prayers in the trying days ahead for peace & comfort.
I would also ask for your prayers for myself and my Deputies this has been a very emotional case for us all. I would like to add that behind the Badge we are only human also.

May God Bless You
Sheriff Ronald Nichols

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