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

MAGNOLIA — The parents of a 2-week-old girl who suffered dozens of rat bites last year each pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of permitting the abuse of a minor.

Erica Shryock and Charles Elliott were sentenced to five years in prison after entering the pleas in Columbia County Circuit Court in Magnolia.

Shryock and Elliott will be eligible for parole after 304 days and begin their terms with 293 days jail credit. A defense attorney said it's likely the pair will be released from custody within 30 days.

[DOCUMENT: Read police affidavit detailing the case + probable cause affidavits]

As part of the plea deal, a second charge of endangering the welfare of a minor was not prosecuted.

The couple awoke May 14 to find their 15-day-old daughter covered in blood and dozens of rat bites on her arms, hands, face and fingers. A 1-inch wound on her forehead where her skull was visible required extensive reconstructive surgery.

Shryock and Elliott were found fit to stand trial despite their mental diseases and reportedly violent childhoods that included rape and physical abuse, according to a forensic evaluation released in September.

Shryock admitted in the evaluation that she had used marijuana, the street drug K2 and methamphetamine as well as prescribed Tylenol with codeine in the week leading up to her arrest. Elliott told the evaluator that he had smoked marijuana just before his arrest and had used methamphetamine and K2 at times in the previous year.

The baby has since been adopted.

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


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  • rubythecat96gmailcom
    February 1, 2018 at 1:16 p.m.

    not long enough ! where are their other kids ?

  • WowJustWow2017
    February 1, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

    These two are destined for further crimes. They need punishment that fits the crime AND help to address their addictions and mental health issues.

    February 1, 2018 at 1:31 p.m.


  • hogfan2012
    February 1, 2018 at 1:32 p.m.

    Out in less than 30 days with consideration for "time served". Ridiculous!!! At the very least, they should have to serve the entire 5 years.

  • rcamp58
    February 1, 2018 at 1:40 p.m.

    Please, before releasing these two, take them to the hospital and make sure they never ever are able to have any more children.

  • wholen
    February 1, 2018 at 1:43 p.m.

    Mandatory sterilization for both before being let out of jail.......please! They have proven to be unfit parents. They will breed again if not sterilized.

  • AuntPetunia
    February 1, 2018 at 1:45 p.m.

    Definitely, please neuter those two!

  • asdf1234
    February 1, 2018 at 1:50 p.m.

    If I remember correctly, the mom had been in the foster system growing up. We need more good families willing to step up for these kiddos so that the cycle can be broken. It’s a sad situation for everyone involved.

  • mrcharles
    February 1, 2018 at 2:01 p.m.

    believe modern countries did neuter people as part of a new day. certainly birth control is not perfect, but perhaps, it might help. Also more abstinence teaching would work as I , pagan [ orthodox] , believe it is 100% full proof, though I heard you can catch it from toilet seats-- well there was that once incident they still talk about but what are the odds of that happening again?

    "Since the children will be a burden on hard working mericans, will they be sold into slavery, as many have said they dont want their tax dollars going to raise other peoples kids.

    did heaven just sat there with arms crossed when all this was going down?

  • LRDawg
    February 1, 2018 at 2:13 p.m.

    What a joke...."justice"