A sad ending to an already horrible story, Texarkana Arkansas Police Department has posted an update this story: Sadly, the victim, in this case, passed away at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Currently, TAPD Detectives are at the Arkansas State Crime lab awaiting autopsy results.

The course of this investigation led Detectives to an overwhelming amount of abuse of not only the deceased but also of her 2-year-old brother.

At this time, McKenna Cawley has been charged with Capital Murder and Domestic Battery in the 2nd Degree. Everette Cawley has been charged with 2 counts of permitting the abuse of a minor. TAPD will continue working with the Prosecutor on any additional charges.

The Arkansas Department of Child Protective Services have been working diligently to ensure the safety of the toddler and infant.

The month of April is Child abuse awareness month. We encourage you to wear blue on Friday, April 5th, in honor of this deceased child and all other children who have suffered abuse. Miller County currently has only 4 foster parent homes. The need is great. Please contact DHS if you are interested in providing children a safe and loving home.


Early yesterday morning (Tuesday, April 2) a couple was arrested for alleged domestic battery involving a toddler.

According to the TAPD facebook page:

On April 2nd, 2019 at 4:30AM, Texarkana Arkansas Police responded to St. Michael’s hospital in reference to a toddler unresponsive with suspected injuries sustained by abuse

after receiving initial treatment, the victim, 3 yoa female, was transported, via helicopter, to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas due to extensive external and internal injuries.


Texarkana Arkansas Criminal Investigation Division is currently investigating this case. At this time McKenna Belcher-Cawley, 26yoa, and Everette Cawley, 23yoa, have been arrested and charged with Domestic Battery in the 1st degree.


Two additional children, one infant and one toddler, were removed from the home and in

DHS custody.

The victim is currently in serious critical condition at Arkansas Children’s hospital.





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