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Arkansas woman arrested after 3 children under age 3 left inside hot vehicle, police say

By Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published September 20, 2017 at 2:42 p.m. Updated September 21, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Jennifer Michelle Arnold, 30, of Manila


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An Arkansas woman faces charges after three children were left inside a vehicle for nearly an hour on a day when the heat index reached the mid-90s, police say.

Jennifer Michelle Arnold, 30, of Manila was arrested on three counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and one count of obstruction of governmental operations, records show.

Employees at Jonesboro Family Dental, 912 Osler Drive in Jonesboro, reported finding the children Tuesday in distress inside the non-running 2014 Ford Fusion with its windows “barely” down.

The report states that the children were left inside the vehicle around 10:55 a.m. By 12:06 p.m., police had responded to the dentist office, where they spoke with workers.

One witness told an officer that the young children — all under the age of 3 — were “screaming and very sweaty” inside the car. They had soiled diapers and needed changing, another witness told authorities.

The children were taken inside the dentist office, where they were cooled down with wet paper towels and given ice water to drink, according to the report. Workers said they were also fed crackers and macaroni and cheese.

Arnold at one point tried to take the children back into her custody, appearing “like nothing was wrong,” police said. A witness said the children were “kicking, screaming and yelling” and did not want to go with her.

When police arrived, Arnold initially gave a fake name and date of birth while reportedly slurring her speech and being unsteady on her feet, the report states.

An employee of Northeast Arkansas Treatment Services told an officer that Arnold was at the clinic that day to get her daily doses of methadone.

While being placed under arrest, Arnold complained about seizures and that her heart was palpitating, prompting emergency medical personnel on scene to come to her aid.

Arnold was later taken to the Craighead County jail, where she remained as of Wednesday afternoon, according to an online inmate roster.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Children and Family Services took custody of the three children, authorities said.

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LRDawg says... September 20, 2017 at 2:56 p.m.

Heroine addict! Keep those children AWAY from her....sad story

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Murphy01 says... September 20, 2017 at 3:18 p.m.

30? That's nasty. POS doesn't deserve to reproduce.

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DoubleBlind says... September 20, 2017 at 3:42 p.m.

Stories of children being left in hot cars is becoming a daily occurrence.

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Dontsufferfools says... September 20, 2017 at 3:55 p.m.

Right, dawg, she's a real heroine.

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Jfish says... September 20, 2017 at 4:33 p.m.

Looks like that methadone rehab is really working. I say give her a couple of years minimum at Newport and find the father(s) and hold them responsible too.

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hurricane46 says... September 20, 2017 at 4:48 p.m.

What's going on in Jonesboro these days?, seems half the town are crooks and the other half on meth😳

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mrcharles says... September 20, 2017 at 5:29 p.m.

Oh society now days with android phones, like Galaxy 5, 6, 7 8 and cable, What I want to know Susan is where is the parents? Oh, dang it the parent was this hominoid that should have not made it out of the savanna .

And where is that under the rock inhabitant that always complains here about DHS taking children from parents.

Kudos to the dentist. Evidently they were not a priest or levite.

Again Kelly the agenda driven clone of PG , what is going on in Jonesboro? Lots of motes up there to take care of.

Police were sure speedy, must have been doing a prostitution sting.

Again arms folded above.

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LRDawg says... September 20, 2017 at 5:36 p.m.

Heroin* just keep those kids away!

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Winfield says... September 20, 2017 at 6:15 p.m.

Begin typing here... She needs a salpingectomy procedure. Three children in 3 years; she's popping them out one right after the other. I bet that she's not married either. If she knew who the fathers were, maybe they could help with raising their children.

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Winfield says... September 20, 2017 at 7:03 p.m.

Reply to: hurricane46
Well, that's a good example of creating diversity. The bad moved in, and the good has been wronged. Nothing racist about Jonesboro.

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