Judge Arrested For Death Of Son Left In Hot Car

Feb 11, 2016

Credit Arkansas Times

A special prosecutor issued an arrest warrant Thursday morning for Judge Wade Naramore in connection with the heat-related death of his toddler son, Thomas, who died after he was left in a vehicle July 2015.

KATV, Channel 7 News confirmed Naramore turned himself in to the Garland County Detention Center and was booked and released on $5,000 bond. Naramore is being charged with negligent homicide, a Class A misdemeanor.

Wade Naramore's booking photo Thursday after turning himself in at the Garland County Detention Center.
Credit Garland Co. Sheriff's Office

According to the affidavit, Naramore told police on July 24, 2015, he and his 18-month-old son Thomas were in the car and said their morning prayers. Naramore stopped at McDonald's for breakfast, which was out of the ordinary because he usually ate breakfast at home. He said he also had a court case he was worried about. He then proceeded to work.

Naramore says he got off work early that day and ran some errands then went home. That afternoon, he was leaving his residence to go pick up Thomas from daycare. He said when he turned a corner, he heard a noise in the rear of his car that made him turn around. When he did, he noticed Thomas was still in his car seat. Naramore said he immediately stopped the car, got Thomas out of his car seat, and called for help.

Hot Springs Police Dispatch received the 911 call from Wade Naramore at approximately 3:10 p.m. Naramore requested help at the corner of James Street and Fair Oaks Place, stating, "My son was left in the car and I think, I think he's dead."

According to the arrest affidavit, Naramore told police Thomas was left in the car for approximately five hours. The indictment states Naramore said numerous times, "I killed my baby!"

Thomas' core temperature was 107 degrees, according to the Garland County Coroner. The toddler was pronounced dead at the scene.