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story.lead_photo.caption Erica Shryock (left) and Charles Elliott, both of Magnolia

An Arkansas newborn was severely bitten by rodents at least 100 times while asleep in a bassinet near her parents, an affidavit details.

The 15-day-old child’s parents — 19-year-old Erica Shryock and 18-year-old Charles Elliott, both of Magnolia — were arrested Sunday on charges of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

Authorities say the girl had a wound about 1 inch in diameter on her forehead, making her skull visible. Her arms, hands and face were also covered in rodent bites.

[DOCUMENT: Read police affidavit detailing the case]

Shryock told the Magnolia Police Department that she had put her daughter to sleep Sunday morning in a bassinet and later awoke to the child screaming.

The mother said the child “would have had to [have] been screaming for a while, due to the amount of bites.”

Elliott told detectives that he got a rag to clean the girl up, noting that he could see “bloody rat footprints” in the bassinet.

While conducting a search of the house, detectives found the bloodied bassinet as well as an infant toboggan that was "soaked in blood."

A doctor at Arkansas Children's Hospital noted Tuesday that the child, who was initially taken to Magnolia Regional Medical Center, had "severe skin destruction from rat feeding."

The physician added that the "caregivers were either absent or incapacitated to not have responded."

Police said the girl had facial reconstruction surgery Monday to address the large wound on her forehead.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • MaxCady
    May 16, 2017 at 8:11 p.m.

    They weren't asleep they were passed out cold!

  • HM2
    May 16, 2017 at 8:41 p.m.

    All one needs to do is look at the woman's face, she's stoned.

  • Kharma
    May 16, 2017 at 8:43 p.m.

    So, this new article confirms that the two pictured supra are steaming pieces of rodent fecal matter. Reconstructive surgery? Really? And they have a fundamental right to breed as many kids as they want. That is to say they are free to breed like the rodents that they have demonstrated that they are.

  • dstorey1centurylinknet
    May 17, 2017 at 8:54 a.m.

    If you didn't want her there are plenty of people out there who would provide a clean and loving home for this precious child. People never cease to amaze me. Let the two of them get eaten on by rats and see how long they could stand it....I mean this child couldn't even help herself!!