HOT SPRINGS, AR – A judicial discipline open investigation is pending after the son of a Garland County Circuit Court judge died inside a hot car last week.

Judge Wade Naramore is the father of Thomas Naramore, who was found dead on Friday.

David J. Sachar, Executive Director of the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission (JDDC), released the following statement on Tuesday:
“The JDDC is aware of allegations involving Judge Naramore and his child’s death. An investigation is pending. Our sincere condolences go out to the family and loved ones for their tragic loss. We will wait for other agencies to do their job and provide more facts before we consider the issue of judicial discipline. The judge will have full due process rights as a thorough investigation is conducted. No additional public information is available at this time. May those close to the situation find peace through what must be overwhelming grief.”  

Sachar says the JDDC has received numerous complaints about the case.

In another development, on Monday, Hot Spring County Circuit Judge Chris Williams signed an order appointing Scott Ellington to serve as special prosecutor in the investigation of the child’s death.

Also on Monday, police released the child’s unofficial cause of death as excessive heat. An official cause of death will not come for another few weeks when toxicology reports are completed.

The HSPD said the boy, who was found shortly after 3 p.m., was left unattended in the car for an undetermined amount of time. (Afternoon temperatures on Friday were recorded at around 100 degrees).