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Friday, March 12, 2010 at 7:07 pm
By MIKE McNEILL, www.magnoliareporter.com
Dawn Marie Wines smothered her two infant children to death 10 weeks apart last year, law enforcement authorities allege.
Wines, 22, formerly of McNeil, was arrested today on two counts of capital murder in the Friday, Aug. 7 death of Louis “Scooter” Wines, 18 months old, and the Tuesday, Oct. 13 death of Annabelle Wines, seven months old.
“Autopsies for both children were performed at the State Crime Lab by Dr. Charles P. Kokes. The findings of the autopsies state that Louis Wines died of complications of cardiac arrest due to suffocation and Annabelle Wines died of suffocation,” Arkansas State Police investigator Scott Clark wrote in his arrest affidavit for Dawn Wines.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement this afternoon that Wines was apprehended in Luling, La., on murder warrants signed on Thursday by 13th Judicial District Court Judge Hamilton Singleton of El Dorado.
The arrest was made by Columbia County and Arkansas State Police investigators, assisted by the St. Charles Parish, La., Sheriff’s Office.
Wines is being extradited from Louisiana. No bond has been set.
The statement said that an investigation was opened into the death of Louis “Scooter” Wines after the child was taken – unconscious and with sporadic breathing — from the family home in McNeil to Magnolia Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The boy was transferred to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where he died on Friday, Aug. 7. Health officials raised suspicions about the death with law enforcement.
On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the death of a second child from the same family, Annabelle Wines, six months, was reported.
Clark, the ASP investigator, wrote in his affidavit that Annabelle Wines was taken to Magnolia Hospital about 6:15 p.m. No pulse was detected and the child was pronounced dead by Coroner Randy Reed.
The child’s father, Josh Wines, told Clark that he arrived home from work after 4 p.m. to find that his wife had put the girl down for a nap. He did not check on the child because he did not want to wake her. About 6 p.m., his wife suggested that he check on the child and found her not breathing and unresponsive. The couple rushed the child to the hospital in their personal vehicle, but she was dead.
Dawn Wines told Clark that she put the child down for a nap at 3:50 p.m., and met her husband at the door of their home about 4 p.m. She said she looked in on the child at 4:30 p.m., and that she was breathing. She also reported sending her husband to check on the child about 6 p.m.
Clark’s affidavit said that on Oct. 15, he was assigned to investigate the earlier death of Louis Wines.
Clark said that Annabelle Wines had a medication known as citalopram in her system. Dawn Wines had been prescribed citalopram after the birth of Louise Wines in Alabama in 2008, the affidavit said.
According to Wikipedia, citalopram is an antidepressant drug used primarily for the treatment of depression associated with mood disorders. Generic versions include the brand-name drugs Celexa and Cipramil.
Clark’s affidavit said that according to a document received from an Alabama pharmacy, Dawn Wines had a prescription for citalopram filled in July 2008.
His statement also said that according to both Josh and Dawn Wines, Dawn Wines was present alone with both children prior to their deaths.
“The medical examiner ruled that both deaths were homicides. Statements taken from witnesses also indicate the children’s mother, Dawn Wines, reacted in a manner inconsistent with a grieving mother of a deceased child,” Clark wrote.
In Arkansas, capital murder is punishable by either death by lethal injection, or life in prison without parole.
Columbia County Sheriff Denny Foster thanked all agencies that took part in the investigation. He cited the cooperation between ASP investigators Clark and Ocee Radford with Columbia County investigators Leroy Martin and Bret McMahen. Special investigator Robert Burns helped locate Wines, Foster said.