Man arrested, baby identified in Paris home explosion
Ricky Carter, 27, and Ryatt Gunner Mason Reese, 2.

By Brittany Boyett, Kate Jordan, and Jo Ellison, KFSM

PARIS, Ark. -- (KFSM) -- Family have identified the baby who died in a gas explosion at a Paris home early Thursday morning (Dec. 21).

Ryatt Gunner Mason Reese, 2, died in the explosion, family told 5NEWS.

Arkansas State Police have arrested Ricky Carter, 27, of Logan County. He faces felony first-degree murder and arson charges.

Dispatchers said the explosion happened about 4:20 a.m. at a home located in the 1700 block of South Elm Street.

According to Arkansas State Police, five people were in the home at the time, including four children and Carter. Carter and the other three children weren't injured.

Police said the mother was at work when the explosion happened.

Neighbor Lois Hutchins said she heard an explosion and quickly knew tragedy had struck.

"I was sitting in the front room and I heard this terrible racket and I thought somebody had had a wreck," Hutchins said. "I got up looked and couldn't see nothing, then I looked over there and saw that porch laying on the ground."

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