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MAGNOLIA, AR – The parents of a 15-day-old baby have been arrested after the newborn suffered at least 100 rat bites, including a bite so severe you could see the infant’s skull.

On Mother’s Day, police were called to the Magnolia Regional Medical Center in regard to a baby suffering from severe rat bites.

A nurse stated the newborn had been bitten at least 100 times and police describe the infant’s arms, fingers, hands and face being covered in rat bites. One wound on the baby’s forehead was so severe that you could see the baby’s skull.

When police spoke with the baby’s parents, Erica Shryock, 19, and Charles Elliott, 18, they gave differing accounts to what happened.

Shryock said she put the baby to sleep in a bassinet beside her bed at around 5:30 a.m. that morning. She woke up a couple of hours later to the baby screaming. That’s when she found the baby covered in blood.

Elliot told police they woke up to the baby screaming at around 5 a.m. and that he saw blood everywhere and noticed rat footprints in the baby’s crib.

The couple’s roommate told police she woke at 5:30 a.m. to the baby screaming and noticed the hole in the baby’s head, and that the blood was dry. She also questioned how the parents were able to sleep with the baby screaming right beside them.

The couple said they knew they had a rat problem in the house and had done nothing about it. They also admitted to being afraid of having their baby taken away, and that’s why they did not bring the baby to the hospital until 9 a.m. that morning.

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As for the baby, a doctor said she had 75-100 rate bites all over her body. The severe skin destruction she suffered was from rats feeding over a course of hours.

The doctor noted that the the only way the baby could have suffered the horrific injuries it did was if the couple were incapacitated or were not there at the time they occurred.

On Monday, the baby had facial reconstruction surgery to repair the large open wound on her forehead.

Police arrested the couple and charged them both with felony endangering the welfare of a minor.

On a totally unrelated note, while looking for a better picture of Shryock, I found a GoFundMe she created in March. She was asking for money after losing her house in a fire. She got about $0 in contributions.

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