The Benton Police Department has announced the manslaughter arrest of parents in the death of a two-year-old who shot himself in the head with a .45 pistol in his home. KARK previously had identified the child as Doyle David Ashley.

More details to follow.


It’s the second arrest in a week of adults connected with guns used by children in apparently accidental shootings. Little Rock police charged a woman who left her nephew in a car with a Glock last week. He fatally wounded himself.

From the Benton police:


Two suspects have been arrested in relation to a recent shooting investigation involving a two year old child. The suspects are identified as Tabitha Ashley, 23, and Phillip Ashley, 27, both of Benton.

Based on information and evidence discovered during the investigation, detectives arrested both suspects without incident on 11/23/15. They are both charged with Manslaughter and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 1st Degree in relation to the self-inflicted shooting death of their two-year old son.

This is still an on-going investigation and additional charges could be possible at is progresses. Detectives are working closely with the Saline County Prosecutors Office, DHS, Arkansas State Crime Lab, and other agencies in furtherance of determining the facts of the case.

Original Press Release:

On 11/17/15, at approximately 1:35 PM, the Benton Police Department (BNPD) received a call about a two year old child being shot at an address on Nelson Court.

The child had been transported privately to an area hospital where officers and detectives responded. The child was subsequently transported to a hospital in Little Rock for additional treatment, but later died as a result of injuries sustained.

This is an on-going death investigation and no charges have been filed at this time. No further details can be released at this time due to the sensitive nature of the case, but additional information will be released when possible.