A former Midway resident who faces a potential life sentence for allegedly abusing his three-month-old son, is going to take a plea in the case, his defense attorney announced Thursday during Baxter County Circuit Court.
Zachary Tyler McCollum, 23, who lived in Midway when the alleged incident occurred, is charged with one count of first-degree battery, a Class Y felony punishable by 10-40 years, or life in prison.
In court, McCollum’s attorney announced a plea bargain had been reached with prosecutors in the case. The court was informed the plea would be ready to be heard in an upcoming court session, potentially as early as next week.
The case came to light after McCollum moved from Midway to Texas. A doctor there informed Baxter County authorities the baby was brought to him on April 9, 2016, suffering from 18 fractures of its ribs and a broken leg.
The doctor told investigators the current state of healing on the rib fractures indicated the injuries were likely two to three weeks old.
An investigator with the Arkansas State Police interviewed McCollum regarding his son’s injuries. During the interview, McCollum allegedly told the investigator of an incident that occurred at McCollum’s mother-in-law’s home during March of 2016.
On the day in question, McCollum allegedly said he was high on methamphetamine. The baby was crying. McCollum picked the baby up and began to squeeze the baby.
As McCollum squeezed the baby for approximately three minutes, he could hear the baby’s ribs crack, he allegedly told the investigator.
Records in the case do…
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