Authorities in Arkansas said the remains of a 6-year-old boy were found underneath the floorboards of his mother’s home.
Shortly before 11 p.m. on Dec. 16, special agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division were called to the home in Moro by Lee County sheriff’s deputies after the discovery of the allegedly abused boy’s body buried below the hallway floor, officials said.
State police arrested the child’s mother, Ashley Roland, 28, as well as Nathan Bridges, 33, and charged each with capital murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence, and endangering the welfare of a minor.
“Based on initial findings, it’s believed the boy died from injuries sustained in the home, possibly three months ago,” the Arkansas Department of Public Safety said.
“Agents are also investigating injuries, believed to be burns to the scalp, sustained by a 6-year-old girl who also lived in the same home,” officials noted.
The girl was treated at a Memphis hospital and is in stable condition.
According to a GoFundMe, the children’s grandmother was working to get custody and had just been granted a court order for visitation rights on the weekends.
“She showed up to get her grandchildren … Friday and was told the youngest was at a friends house and the oldest couldn't walk,” the page reads. “She immediately took her to the hospital.”
“These children have endured so much pain, neglect, and death,” the fundraising page claimed.
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