Ashdown, Ark., family talks about death of 2-year-old boy
ASHDOWN, AR (KSLA) -
An Arkansas case involving the death of a 2-year-old Little River County child last year has come to an end. And the person responsible for the death could spend the next 20 years behind bars.
In an exclusive interview, that child's family speaks to KSLA.
"I don't hold any grudges and I don't have no grudge against him," says Velma Burris, the maternal grandmother of Marcus Sims Jr., the youngster who was killed in January 2012 by his father, Marcus Sims Sr.
The Little River prosecutor has a different thought on the subject.
"It appears that he must have lost control when the baby evidently wouldn't quit crying. He punished a baby to the extent the baby died," says Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir.
Sims first told investigators that the child died from choking on milk. In a Little River County Court this week, Marcus Sims, 22, plead guilty to second-degree murder for the child's death. This after reaching an agreement with the prosecution for a 30-year sentence in an Arkansas prison with the last 10 years on probation.
Sims will have to serve at least five years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.