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Mother held after texting she 'beat' children, police say

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published December 19, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.

Emily Renee Farris

Arrested in Pulaski County, AR on December 18, 2013

A Jacksonville woman was arrested Wednesday after she sent a text message saying she had beat her two young children, authorities said.

Emily Farris, 24, is facing two counts of second-degree domestic battery.

According to a Jacksonville Police Department report, a woman on Saturday reported to police that Farris had sent her a text message that read "I just litterally just beat s*** out these girls i'm done n thry r gone."

The report didn't indicate how serious the injuries to the 4-year-old girls were, but it says officers took photographs of the injuries. The Department of Human Services then took custody of the children, authorities said.

Police say they contacted Farris at work and she turned herself in Wednesday. The report indicates Farris works for the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission in Little Rock.

She remained in the Pulaski County jail Thursday with bail not yet set.

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LevyRat says... December 19, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.

Wonder what her job was at the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission ... maybe liason to the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change?????

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SUPERDUTY says... December 19, 2013 at 2:53 p.m.

Looks like MLK's message did not get through to her.

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flipflop says... December 20, 2013 at 5:59 a.m.

There goes her EBT and welfare money

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pennsters2003 says... December 20, 2013 at 8:53 a.m.

To flipflop my daughter wasn't getting foodstamps or welfare money. I as her mother had to turn her in and that was the hardest thing I had to do. I'm not condoning what my daughter did was right it wasn't. She is suffering and so are my granddaughters because they are in DHS custody. They won't be here with their Nana and family for christmas all because the court deemed necessary that they stay in state custody. My daughter needs help. Being a single parent is hard but it's not excusing her for her action. It should have never happened. The best thing that we all should and can do right now is to pray that she gets the help that she and those babies need.

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Vickie55 says... December 20, 2013 at 9:56 a.m.

Pennsters, that was a very brave thing you did. You had to look out for the safety of those two babies, and sometimes the right decision is the hardest one. Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call for your daughter, and she will get the help she needs and get her family back together.

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onlyGodmatters says... December 20, 2013 at 2:44 p.m.

Pennsters2003, Thanks for speaking up for your daughter and for making the tough decision to report her so that she can get the help she needs. The negative comments beg the following questions: Does the editor of the paper intentionally try to attract a negative audience, or does the negative audience influence the editor of the paper to focus on negative incidents? Does anyone write positive articles anymore? And I really wonder why I never see negative comments when Caucasians commit crimes? Speaks volumes about the people who leave negative comments.

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SurferDuuuude says... December 20, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.

Hey pennsters2003 - Prayers for your continued strength. Being a single parent must be one of the most difficult jobs in earth. Was your daughter ever married to the children's father?

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onlyGodmatters says... December 20, 2013 at 4:44 p.m.

Why would you ask such a personal question Packman? If she was, so you can blame him? If she wasn't, so you can blame her? Which instance of blaming is going to help the current situation? You know something though? I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you were going to PRAY for him or her instead of placing blame (which, by the way, you can do with asking personal questions).

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