A man blew up a house in a failed bid to kill himself after murdering his girlfriend’s toddler son, according to a police report

Ricky Carter, 28, said he turned the gas on at the home in Paris, Arkansas, last December because he had no other means of killing himself, the newly released document says.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Carter killed two year-old Ryatt Reese as he tried to change the tot’s diaper.

Two year-old Ryatt Reece, who was killed last December. His mother’s girlfriend Ricky Carter has just been ruled as fit to stand trial (Picture: Facebook)

Ryatt’s mother – Carter’s girlfriend – Julie Haney, was at work at the time.

Carter yanked the little boy’s ankles in a bid to subdue him, only for Ryatt to fall back and hit his head on the floor, it is claimed.

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Ryatt passed out, with Carter’s subsequent attempts at CPR unsuccessful, the mental health evaluation said.


Carter told the clinical psychologist who assessed him: ‘Once I come to terms with, you know, he’s dead, just wanted to kill myself.

‘Didn’t have a pistol or a gun, you know. Didn’t have anything to hang myself with. I don’t know. It just popped in my head, blow yourself up.’

Ricky Carter tried – and failed – to kill himself in a gas explosion after murdering Ryatt, it is claimed (Picture: Facebook)
The aftermath of the explosion in Paris, Arkansas (Picture: Facebook)

He reportedly stared at Ryatt’s corpse for a period of time, then turned the gas on for around 45 minutes.

Carter lit his lighter, with the subsequent explosion blasting him across the room – but not killing him.

In a subsequent police interview, Carter initially branded the blast an accident, before admitting it had been deliberate.

A medical examiner determined Ryatt had been killed by traumatic head and abdomen injuries.

Psychologist Melissa Dannacher ruled that Cater had not been mentally impaired at the time of Ryatt’s death.

He faces first-degree murder and arson charges, with a trial date yet to be set.