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Parents of slain W. Memphis boy named co-administrators of estate

WEST MEMPHIS , Ark. (AP) - The parents of a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a West Memphis police officer have been named co-administrators of the child's estate.

An order from a Crittenden County just today allows the two to jointly continue with a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city and police department.

Robin Perkins, the father of DeAuntae Farrow, filed a court request in August to suspend action in a 225 million dollar federal lawsuit filed by the boy's mother, Debra Farrow.

Perkins asked the court to hold up the suit until an administrator of the boy's estate was named.

Today, Crittenden County Probate Judge Rice L. Van Ausdall named Perkins and the boy's mother co-administrators of the child's estate.

Under the order, any lawsuits involved the boy's death must be filed in the names of both Farrow and Perkins.

Officials say DeAuntae was outside playing with a friend while police were in a car on a stakeout at an adjacent apartment complex.

Police have said the boys ran by, yelling, and officers told them to stop. Police say officer Erik Sammis fired when it appeared Farrow was holding a weapon and moved.

The officer told investigators he believed the youth was holding a gun. Police said the boy had a toy gun, but the boy's family has disputed that.

In a letter released this week, the U.S. Justice Department said that the boy's shooting did not warrant federal prosecution.

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