Trial Delayed For Man Accused Of Killing Infant Stepson

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The murder trial of a Springdale man accused of killing his infant stepson was rescheduled Monday to begin in February, according to the Washington County Circuit Clerk.

Tremelle Deshun Overton, 23, was arrested Aug. 1 after his two-month-old stepson was found not breathing, Springdale police said.

Overton’s murder trial was set to begin Monday, but has been delayed to Feb. 28, according to the Circuit Clerk.

The boy was taken to Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, but died. Overton and the boy’s mother, Ashley Overton, initially told police the baby was in his bed and just stopped breathing, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Later, when the mother was alone with police, she admitted there was more.

The mother said Overton was watching the child while she slept. When she woke, she found the baby strangely wrapped in a blanket in its crib. The blanket was wrapped tightly around the child’s head from the neck up, and had been folded and tucked underneath him, the report states.

The mother said she frantically unwrapped the child. He wasn’t breathing.

She immediately called 911.

Overton was on parole at the time for beating Ashley Overton while she was pregnant with the boy, according to the report. The couple had an argument the night before the baby’s death, and she told Overton she was going to leave him, according to the preliminary report.

The boy’s body was sent to the state crime laboratory for examination.

Overton remains in the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

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