A Pine Bluff woman was found dead after an auto accident early Saturday morning and the man who was driving the car is facing felony allegations.
The victim was identified as Pamela Suggs, 36, who was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:25 a.m. by Deputy Coroner Jason Duren. Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said the body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
Police arrested Jeremy Scott Sr., 33, after interviewing him at both the detective office and at the adult detention center. Following a court hearing Monday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled prosecutors have probable cause to charge Scott with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a minor in the first-degree and set his bond at $25,000.
This was the 22nd homicide of the year in Pine Bluff.
The accident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. at 26th Avenue and Poplar Street. When police arrived, they found a white Chevrolet Equinox had struck a tree and Suggs lying on the ground with multiple bruises to her face. No other subjects were found at the scene.
Detective Ryan Moheb reported that at about 4:22 a.m., officers were sent to 2305 W. 36th to check the welfare of an individual and found Scott who was lying in the dirt with his hands behind his back. When Scott was asked what was going on, he reportedly said “I killed my baby mama.” He also told officers he had been drinking.
A witness at the scene was holding a child who was approximately two-years-old and had bumps on his head. The witness told police that Scott said Suggs had kicked the toddler, causing the injuries. The child was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Moheb reported that when he arrived at the scene, he found that the vehicle had damage to the front driver’s side and the front driver’s side tire was not attached to the vehicle.
Officers also located a security camera at Cherry Street Liquor at 2517 S. Cherry St., and contacted the owner who arrived and let officers watch the security video. That video showed a white SUV turning onto the parking lot from Cherry Street, drive across the parking lot and go onto the south side of the business at approximately 3:30 a.m. The on-call traffic officer who was assigned to investigate the accident told Moheb that he did not locate skid marks which would indicate that the vehicle’s brakes were used before the collision.
Moheb also reported that he went to the Emergency Room where he interviewed the witness who said Scott had walked to her house while holding the toddler. She said Scott told her that he had “messed up” and that he was sorry. The witness said when she asked Scott about the bumps on the toddler’s head, Scott told her that Suggs kept kicking the toddler in the head and said “he lost it from there.” He also said he was going to turn himself in.
When Scott was interviewed at the Detective Office, Moheb reported that he did not detect an odor of intoxicants. Scott said he was driving the white Chevrolet Equinox and said Suggs was in the front passenger seat. He said the toddler was in his car seat located in the front center of the back but ended up in the front area of the vehicle.
Scott also reportedly said “I have been trying to get out of this situation with her” but did not explain what he meant. that.
During a second interview at the adult detention center, Scott acknowledged that he was driving south on Cherry Street bu then said he wanted to stop the questioning.
Scott was ordered to have no contact with the toddler until the case is settled.