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Bowman v. State

Court of Appeals of Arkansas, Division II

October 23, 2019

Akela Shylo BOWMAN, Appellant
v.
STATE of Arkansas, Appellee

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          APPEAL FROM THE GRANT COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT [NO. 27CR-17-44], HONORABLE EDDY EASLEY, JUDGE

         Philip C. Wilson, Sheridan, for appellant.

         Leslie Rutledge, Att’y Gen., by: Michael Zangari, Ass’t Att’y Gen., for appellee.

          OPINION

         RAYMOND R. ABRAMSON, Judge

          A Grant County Circuit Court jury convicted appellant Akela Shylo Bowman of murder in the first degree, a Class Y felony, and sentenced her to thirty years’ imprisonment in the Arkansas Department of Correction. Bowman appeals her conviction, arguing that insufficient evidence existed to support the finding that she knowingly caused the death of her four-month-old son, K.S. For the following reasons, we affirm.

         On January 25, 2017, emergency responders were dispatched to Bowman’s residence after receiving a "code blue" call concerning a baby.[1] When paramedics arrived at Bowman’s home, they found K.S. not breathing and unresponsive. He was immediately transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital for additional treatment.

          At the scene, Bowman told law enforcement officers that K.S. had been born two months premature, that she fed him formula regularly, and that he was progressing normally. She opted not to ride with him in the ambulance to the hospital. Later that night, K.S. died at the hospital.

          At trial, Dr. Steven Shirm, a thirty-year board-certified pediatrician who was on duty in the emergency room at Arkansas Children’s Hospital the night K.S. died, testified on behalf of the State. He treated K.S., and following the child’s death, he immediately contacted the coroner due to the "shock" of K.S.’s physical condition and his suspicion that "[t]he child appear[ed] to have been starved to death." When Bowman arrived at the hospital, she told the doctor that K.S. had been born two months premature but had taken to the bottle well and that she had experienced no problems feeding him.

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          Dr. Shirm testified that based on his medical experience and expertise, Bowman’s explanation was "not at all consistent" with his observations and that a properly fed premature infant should have weighed approximately eight pounds by the age of four months. When K.S. was born on September 2, 2016, he weighed four pounds. When he was discharged from the hospital in October 2016, he weighed six pounds, one ounce. At the time of his death in January 2017, he weighed five pounds, eleven ounces.

          Arkansas Children’s Hospital social worker Trevor Arnett also testified at trial. He met and talked with Bowman the night K.S. died. Bowman repeated the same explanation she had given Dr. Shirm about K.S.’s being premature, and she seemed "very passive" in the situation. Bowman showed Arnett a picture of K.S. taken two weeks before his death, remarking "how well [K.S. was] doing" and "what a happy child he is" in the photograph. Arnett went on to testify that K.S.’s condition in the photograph reminded him "of a Holocaust ...


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