Father arrested after infant allegedly is left alone


Police responding to a call that an infant had been left alone in a house with the doors locked Sunday arrested the infant’s father, who told police he didn’t know the infant was in the house when he left.

Robert King, 30, said a friend called him and he left with the friend and went to the west side of Pine Bluff, Detective Jeremy Funderburg said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Tuesday.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the infant’s mother called police when she arrived at the house in the 900 block of East 31st Avenue and couldn’t get in because the door was locked.

Funderburg reported that an officer found an unlocked window and crawled through it to enter the house, where he found the 6-month-old infant crying but unharmed.

Kizer said King is on felony probation and “has two pages of failures to appear in District Court.”

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for King after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree.

King, who said he would try to hire his own attorney, was told to come back to court April 30.