Sumner County infant murder suspect arrested in Kentucky

WINGO, Ky. (WKRN) – Kentucky State Police have arrested a man who was wanted for the murder of his infant in Sumner County Thursday night.

Troopers arrested Zachary Thacker, 28, in Graves County, Kentucky around 9:45 p.m.

Police said he was wanted for first-degree murder and child abuse. News 2 has learned the warrants out for his arrest are related to the death of his infant son.

Baby Robert
News 2 has learned the warrants out for Zachary Thacker’s arrest are related to the death of his infant son.

News 2 has also learned the baby boy was a twin.

Thacker, who previously resided in Graves County, was located at a residence in the Wingo community and taken into custody without incident.

“When you make a child, you’re supposed to take care of it. You aren’t supposed to hurt it. If you hurt it, you’re wrong,” said a neighbor of the family who didn’t want to be identified.

Thacker was booked into the Graves County Detention Center and charged with being a fugitive from another state.

The alleged child abuse happened at a home on Walnut Street in Westmoreland, about 50 miles northeast of Nashville, April 30. The baby boy died days later.

“I don’t think anyone should even attempt harm to a child,” the neighbor said. “All children are innocent, [There isn’t] nothing [sic] they can do, they are kids, you got to take care of them, that’s what they are here for.”

News 2 spoke with the infant’s mother, Bethany Vann, who said she and Thacker are no longer together.

zachary thatcher
Zachary Thatcher pictured with his infant twins.

She said she was going through a lot right now, and didn’t want to make any further comments.

The neighbor said as a father losing a child would be devastating, and he hopes justice prevails.

“I believe if you kill, especially a baby, you deserve death, but that’s just me,” he said.

Sumner County Sheriff’s officials are waiting until they serve the warrant before making any comments about the child abuse and murder case.

News 2 has learned Thacker is scheduled to appear in court in Graves County Kentucky on Monday.

Sumner County Sheriff’s officials are waiting for that process to take place before they proceed with trying to extradite him back to Tennessee to face charges of first degree murder and child abuse.

 

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