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Haggins dies in jail

Thursday, September 21, 2006

A Mammoth Spring man charged with murdering a 17-month-old girl in April was found dead inside his cell in the Sharp County Jail Sept. 13.

Shane Buckshot Haggins, 30, was found hanging inside his cell by jail personnel at 6:02 a.m. An apparent suicide note was found inside the cell. Police are not releasing what the note said.

Wendall Jines, special agent with the Arkansas State Police, said Haggins was not on suicide watch. Jailers check inmates every hour on the hour, he said.

Jines would not say what Haggins hanged himself with or what the note said. No foul play is suspected, but the body will be sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Haggins had been in the Sharp County Jail since April 14, the day of the child's funeral, on a capital murder charge for his alleged role in the April 7 beating death of Lauren Rutledge. He was being held without bond.

Haggins immediately became a suspect in the death. The child's mother, Casey Elliott Rutledge, was also named as a "person of interest" in the case, but charges were never filed against her.

Haggins stayed the night with Rutledge on the living room sofa of the home she shared with her five children April 6. The next morning Haggins watched Lauren and her 7-month-old brother while Rutledge and another daughter took the oldest two children to school.

When Rutledge was on her way home around 8:20 a.m. she met Haggins coming from her home driving his mother's car. He told her he had to go to work, but he had no job, Rutledge said.

It wasn't until Rutledge went to feed her 7-month-old that she noticed something was wrong -- Lauren wasn't breathing, Jines said.

Rutledge called the children's father, John Rutledge, and told him Lauren was dead, Jines said. She then called 9-1-1, which reached Fulton County, although the home on Tonto Circle lies in Sharp County, he said.

Officers and emergency personnel arrived at the home soon after and began trying to resuscitate Lauren. She was pronounced dead at Fulton County Hospital at 10:40 a.m.

The cause of Lauren's death has been determined to be severe blunt force trauma with depressed fractures to the back of her skull, linear fractures to her frontal skull, partial disarticulation of the atlanto-occipital joint and multiple acute superficial blunt force injuries, according to the medical examiner's report. The injuries were likely inflicted a short time before her death, during the minutes she spent with Haggins while her mother drove her siblings to school, according to the report.

Haggins was arrested April 8 for a parole violation in Fulton County and remained in custody until charges were filed against him in Sharp County. He was then transferred to Ash Flat.

Haggins told investigators he left the Rutledge home April 6 between 9:30 and 10 p.m. and arrived at the home he shares with his wife around midnight, Jines said. He said he never returned to Rutledge's home and denied watching the children or having any involvement in Lauren's death.

Haggins had a history of violence toward children. The Phillips County Circuit Court convicted him Sept. 22, 2000, of second degree battery to an 18-month-old boy. The boy suffered numerous injuries including internal bleeding, a skull fracture, a lacerated liver, and facial, head, neck and back injuries, Jines said. Haggins received a six-year sentence but was released on parole in April 2001.

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R.I.P. Uncle Shane. You are missed every day.

-- Posted by missmanda01 on Mon, Apr 12, 2010, at 2:52 PM

He's missed? I don't think so. I don't have my sister because of him. Why should he be here? So he can end more lives? So he can ruin other peoples future? My sister didn't get a future like most kids. He had a chance and he missed it when he beat a little boy then did the same thing to my sister. How dare you say something like that. And your family tormented my brother and said that it was his fault. How would he have done anything anyways! He was too young. I think he should have had to live with the pain. But he should be glad he didn't because the things I would do to him are unreal. Today makes 9 years that my sister has been gone. Thats 9 years that I've missed out on my sister growing up and being some body. All my sister is to me is a memory of taking a bath with her, and her falling out of a wagon, and some pictures. She didn't even get to finish her baby book. And you have the nerve to say that? What about Lauren?

-- Posted by christinajane14 on Tue, Apr 7, 2015, at 10:12 AM

One thing I do know though is that she was an easy baby. Easy to take care of, she smiled all the time. I couldn't ever imagine why someone would want to hurt her.

-- Posted by christinajane14 on Tue, Apr 7, 2015, at 10:17 AM

Yes, christinajane24, he is missed. The things he done was very wrong. Yes I agree. BUT I LOST A FATHER!!! How do you think I feel about that? How do you think Brittany and Chris feels about this too? Exactly, you don't.. It's not your place to be commenting on this, you lost a sister, I almost lost my brother. Because yes, that little boy that was beaten, is and was my brother. He's actually laying in his room right now. So thank you for taking the time to comment on here, but nobody needs you here.. And nooooooo Baby Girl, you wouldn't do anything to him if he was still alive. I can promise that one. So, I'm done here, but just know, He Is Missed!

-- Posted by KaitlinAlexa on Wed, May 20, 2015, at 11:41 PM

Yes,you did lose a dad. One that harmed your brother and BEAT my sister to DEATH. Do you honestly think he would've stopped what he was doing? It is my place to comment on this. He took the easy way out and hung himself. He didn't have to take responsibility for what he did. Your dad truly was a monster and I'm glad the he wasn't around long enough to marry my mom. Your dad wasn't much of a loss, and I don't know how you can sit around and talk about him like hes some kind of saint when your brother should be walking proof of who Shane Higgins really was.

-- Posted by christinajane14 on Wed, Feb 17, 2016, at 10:15 AM

Why would he marry your mom? He had a loving wife of his own an beautiful children. You can think all you want of him but my family comes first before yours. Yes, it may be a bad loss for you, but it was a worse loss of us. We lost someone who we had known our entire lives, you only knew Lauren for some odd months. You try losing someone you knew your entire life. It's hard Christina. One day, we will come to justice.

-- Posted by Go_away42 on Tue, Apr 12, 2016, at 11:49 PM

An by the way it's Haggins not Higgins

-- Posted by Go_away42 on Tue, Apr 12, 2016, at 11:51 PM

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