The man who allegedly killed a two-year-old boy and blew up a house shortly after was mentally competent during the incident in question, according to a psychologist's evaluation.
Ricky Carter, 28, of Logan County was charged in December 2017 with first-degree murder and arson after he told investigators he ignited a gas explosion at a residence in the 1700 block of Elm Street in Paris after killing Ryatt Reese. A psychologist's evaluation of Carter states he was mentally competent at the time of the alleged killing and explosion, according to the Associated Press.
Carter allegedly told Arkansas State Police investigators in December that he ignited the explosion at the residence to cover up Reese's death, which happened early Dec. 21. He told investigators he grabbed Reese by his ankles and pulled him toward a bed he was sitting on after Reese threw up twice in his room. He said Reese fell onto his head and started shaking after he pulled him, according to a document filed with the 15th Judicial District Circuit Clerk's office obtained by the Paris Express.
Carter told the psychologists he then turned on the gas in his home and lit a cigarette to try to bring about his own death, according to the Associated Press.
Carter and a Paris police officer on the morning of Dec. 21 carried Reese and three other children out of the residence following the explosion. Reese was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a State Police news release.
Authorities arrested Carter on suspicion of his charges shortly after the incident occurred.
Carter was held on Wednesday in the Logan County Detention Center in lieu of $1 million bond. He is set to appear in court Friday, according to records.