In Arkansas Tyler Ray Hobbs was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 15 years suspended after pleading guilty to killing an 18-month-old in Washington County circuit court. The 23-year-old who was charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse was accused of suffocating the infant and hiding the body in a plastic tub for nearly two weeks.
According to police reports, on October 15, 2017, Hobbs called the police to report the infant’s death, telling them the toddler fell down the stairs days prior. He said he didn’t report the incident because he was scared. Later on he admitted to covering the boy’s mouth because he wouldn’t stop crying. After the one-year-old hit and scratched him he shook him. He told the police that after he shook the baby he blacked out. When he woke up the child was unresponsive.
Hobbs who claims he was high on Marijuana added that he freaked out and put the baby in a plastic container, wrapped the container in blankets and then put the baby in the closet in his bedroom.
When the police arrived, they found the baby in a decomposed state with maggots, flies and foul odor overpowering the apartment. Hobbs and the mother of the child Maria Giron-Molina 21, who was also charged with abuse of a corpse was arrested. Hobbs must serve 25 years and Molina is set to start trial on May 12.
Also in Arkansas, teen suspect Keaton McGee turned himself in Sunday after he escaped police custody the day before, following medical treatment. The 16-year-old was taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the deadly Saturday shooting that killed 22-year-old Deante Smith, at a carnival near Little Rock outlet malls. Before this arrest the teenager was arrested and charged with aggravated battery in a shooting that occurred in Otter Creek. On March 31 he was out on bond.
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.