A man was found shot to death early Thursday morning inside an apartment in central Pine Bluff after his 3-year-old daughter was found wandering the complex alone.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley identified the man as Dametrick McDaniel, 25, the third homicide victim inside the city limits this month.
While there are no named suspects, police are seeking Brandon McClatchie, 22, for questioning, Pine Bluff Police Department Lt. David Price said.
Price said officers found McDaniel after they were sent to an apartment complex at 2600 S. Beech St. just after midnight to check the welfare of a small child.
According to police, the person who called said there was a knock on the door and the little girl was by herself, was not wearing shoes and was very cold. The child was brought inside and the resident called 9-1-1.
Price said that when officers arrived, they began to try and locate the parent or guardian of the child by going door to door, and when they arrived at Apartment I, the door was standing open. When the officers went inside, they found McDaniel lying in a pool of blood and unresponsive.
A case worker from the Department of Human Services was called and took custody of the child and officers later determined that McDaniel was the child’s father. An attempt will be made by DHS to locate other family members so they can release the child.
McDaniel was pronounced dead at 12:53 a.m. of an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. Kelley said the body would be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.
On Nov. 10, Antonio Jenkins, 23, was found unresponsive on a couch when police were sent to 2813 S. Florida St. Jenkins was pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation determined that Jenkins had gotten into an altercation with Kenneth Burton, 21, during a party at the old Greyhound Bus Station on West Fourth Avenue and during that altercation, Burton was accused of striking Jenkins in the head and knocking him down.
The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma and Burton was arrested and is being held on probable cause of second-degree murder, pending the filing of formal charges.
On Nov. 16, Terrance Brooks, 24, was found bleeding inside a vehicle at 2001 W. 29th Ave. and was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead in the intensive care unit.
The police investigation determined that Brooks and Jamal Pridgeon, 22, had been involved in an altercation before the shooting. Pridgeon told detectives that Brooks allegedly fired shots at him before dropping the gun during the altercation and Pridgeon picked it up and shot at Brooks.
Pridgeon is being held on probable cause of first-degree murder pending the filing of formal charges.