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Man arrested for allegedly striking infant enters not guilty plea

A 25-year-old Fort Smith man arrested by Van Buren police for allegedly striking a 1-month-old baby pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court.

James Wesley Mattingly is charged with second-degree battery.

The public defender’s office entered the not guilty plea for Mattingly and waived formal arraignment before Judge Gary R. Cottrell.

Mattingly was arrested Dec. 4. The mother of the infant told police Mattingly was watching the baby at her apartment while she went to the store. When the mother returned to the apartment she could hear the baby crying from inside, according to an arrest report.

When the mother went inside, she allegedly saw Mattingly striking the baby repeatedly in the genitals, the report states.

The baby received hospital treatment and was released.

Mattingly said he struck the infant because the baby had urinated on him while he was changing a diaper, the report states. Other pleas heard Wednesday by Cottrell were:

• Johnny Lee Hunter, 23, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to theft of property and theft by receiving. Hunter is accused of taking property from two residences in Kibler Nov. 9.

• Patricia Ann Sampley, 60, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to delivery of oxycodone March 25, two counts of delivery of morphine March 25 and April 10 and delivery of a counterfeit substance Feb. 27. Sampley allegedly sold the drugs to a confidential informant for the drug task force.

• Violet Edwina McMath, 65, of Mulberry pleaded not guilty to delivery of hydrocodone. McMath allegedly sold hydrocodone to a confidential informant for the drug task force Feb. 13.

• Kenneth Don Hice, 50, of Alma pleaded not guilty to possession of hydrocodone, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended. Hice was arrested Nov. 29 following a traffic stop by a Van Buren police officer.

• Kary Lenn Hice, 22, of Alma pleaded not guilty to possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal impersonation. Hice was arrested Nov. 29 following a traffic stop by a Van Buren police officer.

• Guy Francis Sill, 47, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to failure to register as a sex offender, registered sex offender residing within 2,000 feet of certain facilities and habitual offender. Sill is accused of living at a local motel without notifying Van Buren police.

• Ismael Tejas, 22, of Fort Smith pleaded to possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, furnishing prohibited articles, criminal use of a prohibited weapon and possession of marijuana. Tejas was arrested Nov. 30 by a Van Buren police officer who stopped a vehicle in Cloverleaf Plaza for expired tags.

• Brandon Scott Loyd, 29, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Loyd was arrested Nov. 28 by a sheriff’s deputy who was checking a vehicle parked at a vacant house on Dripping Springs Road.

• Jamie Aroyo Garcia, 33, of Siloam Springs pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree forgery. Garcia allegedly possessed false identification cards when stopped for speeding by an Arkansas State Police trooper Nov. 23.

• Misty Dawn Charleston, 34, of Alma pleaded not guilty to delivery of methadone and habitual offender. Charleston allegedly sold methadone to a confidential informant for the drug task force Feb. 7.

• Tyler Ray-Lane Dowling, 19, of Alma pleaded not guilty to sexual indecency with a child. Dowling is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl Oct. 9.

• James Dean Smith, 44, of Park Hill, Okla., pleaded not guilty to non-support, alleging he owes more than $40,000 in child-support.

• Houston Ray Burkett, 26, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to theft of scrap metal and breaking or entering. Burkett is accused of stealing $8,000 worth of copper from Arkhola Nov. 28.

• Jeffery Murl Center, 31, of Benton pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an Oct. 29 hearing on charges of burglary and criminal mischief.

• Angelina Januel Apodaca-Hickison, 33, of Branch pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at an April 8 plea or trial request on charges of theft by receiving, theft of property and habitual offender.

• Chalin Wesley Jordan, 30, of Alma pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a petition to revoke hearing Oct. 30, alleging he violated probation on an Aug. 16, 2011, conviction of theft by receiving and habitual offender.

• Sam Wesley Gypson, 31, of Mountainburg resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received June 5 for theft of property, breaking or entering and possession of a defaced firearm, alleging he was arrested Sept. 28 for theft of property and residential burglary.

• Jamie Lynn Bohlman, 27, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received March 12, 2012, for possession of drug paraphernalia, alleging she violated probation.

• Michelle Lee Burkhart Price, 35, of Rudy resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Aug. 12, 2012, for theft by deception, alleging she has failed to pay fines and fees.

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