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Arkansas Man And Woman Arrested After Decomposing Six-Year-Old Found Dead Underneath Floorboards
Mother Ashley Roland, 28, and Nathan Bridges, 33, face charges of capital murder, abusing a corpse, tampering with physical evidence and endangering the welfare of a minor after Roland's six-year-old son was found dead on Friday.
An Arkansas mother and another man have been charged with capital murder after the decomposing body of a 6-year-old boy was found hidden under the floorboards of a home on Friday night, according to Arkansas State Police.
The mother, 28-year-old Ashley Roland, and Nathan Bridges, 33, additionally face charges of abusing a corpse, tampering with physical evidence and endangering the welfare of a minor, said a department news release. Both are being held at the Lee County Jail without bail.
It is unclear whether Roland or Bridges had attorneys that could comment on their behalf, or what the relationship is between the two parties. Oxygen.com could not reach the Arkansas State Police at press time.
The deceased child's cause of death will be determined by a state medical examiner — however, investigators estimate that the boy had died from injuries he sustained in the home about three months before his corpse was discovered.
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Another of Roland's children living in the home, a 6-year-old girl, sustained injuries to her scalp believed to be burn wounds. She was transported to a Memphis hospital and is currently in stable condition, police said.
Special agents with the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division were called to the home in Moro, a small community about 70 miles west of Memphis, Tennessee, at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Friday night. It is unclear what brought authorities to the home.
Neighbor Glenda Farrell told NBC affiliate WMC that she saw no signs that something like this was going to happen, and that Moro was a "small, quiet town" where "nothing like this has happened."
“It’s devastating,” Farrell reportedly said. “Because it’s just out of nowhere. Right here, in Christmas time? It’s surreal.”
“Sometimes you see kids outside playing, but they really kept to themselves,” she said. “You’d see them coming and going but really, nothing to be concerning that would make you think anything of that magnitude was going on.”
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