Forrest City, AR, 9/02/2008) It's a heinous crime that sends chills down your spine. A teenage father, in Forrest City, Arkansas, is charged with raping the daughter he helped give life.
18-year-old Reginald Davis is behind bars, charged with raping his eight-day-old daughter Monday ***.
Wednesday Davis made his first appearance in court. Because of the severity of the crime the judge increased Davis' bond from 50 to $100,00.
Safety concerns forced officials to hold his first appearance in court separately, away from other inmates.
Family members did not show up for his hearing, but Davis' mother told us by phone that, "he suffers from mental health issues."
Dr. Allen Battle is a psychologist with the UT Medical group. He says, "seeking a baby is extremely rare." He says "so many of the patience have been exposed to this behavior themselves. When they were kids in their formative stages."
Police were told about the attack after the newborn girl was taken to Forrest City Medical Center. Reports indicate Davis rode with the family to the hospital where she was treated for rape and a fractured skull. The little girl's injuries were so bad she was transferred to the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Davis' neighbors are appalled.
"It's scary to know if he'd do it to a child what do you think about someone he might see in the streets or something," worried Diane Mullins.
Davis doesn't live with the 15-year-old mother of his child. He listed a home on Wilson as his address. Investigators say Davis was visiting the child's mother when the reported attack occurred. Police say when the teenage mother finished showering for bed, she came out and there was blood on the child.
We didn't get a warm reception when we went to talk to Davis' family. "Just leave."
Criminal records show Davis has a misdemeanor theft charge, stemming from an August 2008 incident. Senior Shamaya Goss remembers Davis from his days at Forrest City High.
"He would like get in trouble a lot. I don't know what type, but he was a trouble maker."
No charges have been filed against the mother, but in child abuse cases all family members are considered suspects.
AIN'T THAT LIKE A MAMA TO MAKE EXCUSES FOR YOUR SORRY AZZZ?