Teen Taken Into Custody in Connection With the Death of Four-Year-Old Boy

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - We're learning more details surrounding the death of a four-year-old boy in Ector County last month.

Walter Lumpkin died after a severe head injury. Now a 13-year-old boy has been taken into custody by the Ector County Sheriff's Department. He's now being charged with injury to a child and murder.

This all began back on July 13th. Captain Billy Clark with the Sheriff's department tells NewsWest 9, deputies responded to an ATV accident in West Odessa.

Clark said four-year-old Walter Lumpkin appeared to have been hit by the ATV. However, when EMT's checked the boy out on the scene, he didn't appear to have any broken bones.

He said the medical technicians released the boy to his family and if they wanted to bring him in to the hospital at a later time, they could.

A week later, on July 20th, Lumpkin was taken to Medical Center Hospital for head injuries.

He was then transported Covenant Hospital in Lubbock where he later died on July 24th.

Medical examiners ruled his death a homicide by blunt force trauma.

Captain Clark said during the murder investigation, they gathered enough information to determine that a 13-year-old boy who is an acquaintance to the family, intentionally ran over Lumpkin with the ATV.

We're told that teenager was taken into custody and charged with injury to a child and murder.

Captain Clark said they're unable to release much information because of the suspect's age.

The 13-year-old will be tried as a juvenile.

We'll keep you updated on any new developments in this case as they become available.