Police arrest Lufkin man for spinning doughnuts with kids in yard

Barry Ellington mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Barry Ellington mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Huntington Police have arrested a Lufkin man accused of spinning doughnuts in his pickup truck for the entertainment of children.

Barry Clay Ellington, 24, is charged with child endangerment.

According to the police report, Ellington spun doughnuts in a yard in Huntington in February to entertain the children and grandchildren of Robyn Elizabeth Reeves, 27, of Huntington, and Tammy Kay Burch, 45, of Zavalla.

Ellington told police that several small children were inside the house when he began spinning the doughnuts, but saw they were only 15 to 20 steps away when he finished, according to the police report.

Reeves and Burch were arrested in March on the same charge.

Officer Kelly Sanders said police determined Ellington spun the doughnuts, even though he knew they were in danger.

Burch and Reeves told KTRE a few days after their arrest that the children were inside the house the whole time and they were actually trying to keep him from endangering the children.

Sanders said police arrested Ellington on Tuesday night after giving him a couple weeks to turn himself in on the warrant. She said police arrested Ellington at his mother's house in Huntington.

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