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Arkansas couple accused of child’s death denied bail reduction

 

BENTONVILLE. A Benton County District Judge refused to lower bail for a couple accused of causing the death of their child while sleeping with him.

Judge Robin Green denied the requests of lawyers Vincent Haynes and Emily Haynes. They are accused of manslaughter and endangering the well-being of a minor. They have previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The couple were arrested in connection with the death of their 2-month-old son and are being held on $100,000 bail at the Benton County Jail.

Ray Spruell, Emily Haynes’ lawyer, asked the judge to release his client from custody on bail. Spruell said the autopsy results show the baby’s cause of death has not been determined. Spruell said there were no drugs in the child’s system.

Wilson Raines, deputy prosecutor, said no official autopsy report has been received but he expects it to come back listing the child’s death as undetermined. Raines said he doesn’t think the uncertain status should affect Emily Haynes’ connection.

Spruell said there was nothing to indicate his client’s negligence.

Green said the couple are facing charges that they were intoxicated while sleeping with the baby.

She also noted that another child had died under similar circumstances.

Spruell said the couple’s first child died of sudden infant death syndrome and there were no malpractice claims against the couple.

Janet McKinney, an attorney for Vincent Haynes, also requested a reduction in bail for her client.

The judge also denied McKinney’s request.

Green set a jury trial for March 28.

According to court documents, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about an unresponsive child at 12671 Scenic Drive in Rogers around 2:00 pm on November 1.

Emily Haynes said she, her grandfather Robert Rose and Vincent Haynes were at the house when they realized the baby was not breathing, according to the affidavit. According to the affidavit, she said the baby was in their bed in her husband’s arms.

During an interview, the couple said they smoked marijuana after authorities noticed marijuana paraphernalia in the house, according to sworn statements.

Vincent Haynes said the baby was on his chest. He said he woke up and the baby “slid” down his chest with his face pressed against the right side of his chest.

“I think I crushed him,” Vincent Haynes said, according to the affidavit.

Rose said that when he went to bed, the couple were still awake and the baby was in the bedroom. He said that he woke up at 2 pm and knocked on the bedroom door because, according to the sworn statement, he did not hear the child.

He said they opened the baby and he’s fine. Rose then left the room, and a few minutes later Emily Haynes was yelling at him, saying, “Dad, he’s gone, we’ve lost another one,” the affidavit says. Rose said he told Vincent Haynes to call 911, who began CPR.

On July 13, 2021, deputies were summoned to the same address to investigate the circumstances of the death of a 4-month-old baby. The investigation found that both Haynes slept with the child, who was in Vincent Haynes’s arms when he died, according to the sworn testimony.

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