TEXARCANA, AK – An Arkansas couple were arrested after a neglected dog led police to a home with several decaying dog carcasses inside.

Magan Terry, 29, and Brandon Woody, 38, take animal neglect to new heights with that Southern Gothic “bodies decaying gracefully about the house” flava.

Hell, their unique way with animals led police right to their door.

On July 9th, Texarkana animal control officers were alerted to a stray white male pit bull on city property. When they responded, they found the dog in question, which was emaciated and so infested with fleas that “its back appeared to be black and the fleas appeared to move in waves across its body.”

When officers investigated the nearby residential area, they noted a rotting raccoon carcass in the suspects’ driveway. They are apparently quite familiar with Terry and Woody, having fielded multiple calls regarding the residence, both because of dead wildlife on the property and animal neglect.

Finding the front door standing wide open, officers decided to investigate further. They made it as far as the front porch before being covered in fleas.…

POINSETT COUNTY, AR – Police have arrested a woman in connection to the death of her one-month-old daughter who was found inside a clothes dryer.

Police were called to a mobile home Tuesday afternoon after the baby’s father found his daughter, Caseleigh, dead inside the dryer.

Both he and the baby’s mother, 25-year-old Tyra Neal, were arrested but charges against the baby’s father were later dropped.

Second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse charges were not dropped against Neal, however, and she is sitting in jail on a $1 million cash-only bond.

Family members say Neal has four remaining children.

No word on how the baby died, but the sheriff’s office said her body has been sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

No word on a motive, either. But I’m guessing a 25-year-old living in a trailer in the middle of nowhere five kids may have a little something to do with it.

Sheriff Kevin Molder said the immediate response of Arkansas State Police was the reason why they have been able to progress this case so quickly.…

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The body of 18-year-old Ebby Steppach, missing since 2015, has been found inside a park’s drainage pipe.

Steppach was last seen on October 24, 2015, in Little Rock, Arkansas . She had left her brother’s home that morning to visit her grandmother in west Little Rock.

Her stepfather was supposed to meet her there, but when he arrived she had already left. The following evening she called her brother and spoke to him for four minutes.

According to her brother, she sounded disorientated and said she didn’t know where she was or who she was with. That would be the last time anyone would ever hear from her.

Edit: Crime Watch Daily has a pretty good writeup on the phone call between her and her brother.

About a week later, her 2003 Volkswagen was found abandoned in Chalamount Park in West Little Rock. The car had a dead battery, was out of gas, and the ignition key was in the “on” position. Steppach’s cell phone, contact lenses, and purse were still inside the car.…

WEST MEMPHIS, AR – A 5-year-old boy with development issues died after being left in a van for eight hours at a children’s health clinic.

At 6:40 a.m. Monday, a van from Ascent Children’s Health Services picked up 5-year-old Christopher Gardner Jr. from his family’s home.

Gardner, whose had two heart surgeries and suffers from development issues, has been going to the facility for the last four years.

According to the facility’s website, they provide “quality outpatient and day treatment services to children and their families that are in need of mental health or developmental care.”

After arriving at the facility at 7:15 a.m., two adults on the van signed Gardner and the other children into the Ascent facility.

So imagine everyone’s surprise when Gardner was found dead inside the van eight hours later, still sitting in his booster seat.

Temperatures hit 80 degrees that day, which means the temperature in the van to rise to at least 114 degrees after only 30 minutes of Gardner being in the van.…

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR – A woman has been accused of chewing off an elderly woman’s chin and nipple before beating her to death.

It happened last week when a man returned home to find his mother and her caregiver, 55-year-old Jennifer Lea Collins, lying in a pool of blood.

Collins had blood around her mouth and the victim had bite wounds on her face, hand, arm, and leg. Even worse, part of her chin had been bitten off along with the nipple of her left breast.

When police arrived, the victim told them Collins “had bit her on the face and beat her.” Police tried to question Collins, but said she smelled of alcohol and made no sense when answering them.

The victim was rushed to the hospital and later transferred to another hospital for surgery. Sadly, she would die a week later from her injuries.

Collins was initially arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and abuse of an endangered or impaired person. She’s still incarcerated in the Sharp County Jail where she will probably be facing murder charges.…

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.…

LYNN, AR – It’s been awhile since we have reported on an incident like this, but an 8-year-old boy in Arkansas died after a tombstone fell on top of him.

According to Detective Jaime White of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened on Saturday as the boy was attending a birthday party at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

The boy was climbing on a headstone shaped like a tree stump, dated 1906, when it came loose and fell on top of the boy. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Jeff Nely, the church’s pastor, called the boy a “rambunctious young man” who was “full of life” and says church members are planning to help the family financially in some way.

“Just trying to love them and let them know that we support them and trying to comfort them and give peace as best we can,” said Neely.

This is the fourth tombstone related death we have reported on that I remember.

In 2012, a 4-year-old boy in Utah died after a headstone fell on top of him while he played in a graveyard, and a 4-year-old girl in North Carolina died the same way.…

Anthony WallerJONESBORO, AR – A one-time children’s pastor who pleaded guilty to raping two girls at the church where he worked has been sentenced to life in prison.

Last year, the wife of 39-year-old Tony Waller was looking for a file on a laptop they both shared. What she ended up finding was a folder fill o’ child porn. According to police, Waller had amassed a collection of around 400,000 images and videos of pubescent girls.

She called police and Waller, who worked at Jonesboro First Assembly of God since 1999 and was a bus driver for Jonesboro Public Schools, admitted he had a child porn addiction for the last 20 years.

But as police continued their investigation, they found that Waller had more than a child porn addiction – he was also a predator. Waller had installed hidden cameras in the church’s bathroom and a house the church owned across the street.

Even worse, two girls – aged 10 to 11 – would come forward to say that Waller had been sexually abusing them for several years. …

Austin HerrinJONESBORO, AR – Austin Herrin almost slipped under my radar. The 19-year-old was arrested earlier this month after he got angry at a baby for soiling their diaper, and broke the baby’s leg.

Back in October, Herrin was caring for an 8-month-old girl when he became angry at her for needing a diaper change.

So, according to Chief Gary Hefner of the Harrisburg Police Department, Herrin grabbed the baby by one of her legs and dragged her across the floor on her face.

He then lifted her up by the leg and flipped her over. During this motion, Herrin later told police he “heard the child’s leg break.” Not wanting to go to jail for breaking a baby’s leg, Herrin lied about how the leg was broken when the baby was taken to the hospital.

Police were called when the child’s injuries did not match the story told by Herrin, but by this time, Herrin had moved and police were unable to locate him. That was until Nov. 24, when Herrin voluntarily went to police and admitted to what had really happened that day.…

rape busJONESBORO, AR – A 15-year-old boy has admitted to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl while riding on a Jonesboro Public Schools bus.

I couldn’t find anything that explained how police got involved but according to the incident report the victim told investigators that the teen “touched her private area with his finger then showed her his privates while on the bus” to school.

When police talked to the boy in the presence of his father, he admitted that he put his hands in her underwear and touched her. The teen said said “he knew she had a crush on him” and she’d told him that she felt “funny down there.”

Police have released the teen into the custody of his parents while his cell phone and computer were confiscated and sent to the Internet Crimes Against Children laboratory. He was told he could not ride the bus to school pending the outcome of the investigation.

Jonesboro Public School’s Superintendent Kim Wilbanks released the following statement:

“Jonesboro Public Schools is currently investigating an alleged incident of one student inappropriately touching another student while on the school bus.…

lorisheppard15EL DORADO, AR – Lori Sheppard has been charged after her 10-month-old son was found limp and unresponsive after she gave him bourbon to calm him.

Sheppard’s son was unusually cranky and she was unable to get the baby boy to stop crying. Frustrated that conventional pain relievers weren’t working, Sheppard called her mother who instructed her to rub a little whiskey on the boy’s gums.

Sheppard was either confused by her mother’s instructions or she’s just a simpleton with a sauced up infant, because instead of rubbing some whiskey on the boy’s gums, she gave her son a baby bottle with bourbon in it.

After the child was found unresponsive on the floor of her trailer, he was later airlifted to the hospital with a .19 blood alcohol level. Sheppard initially denied knowing how he got into the booze, but then later admitted the truth.

Sheppard has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and assault on a family member. She’s been released on a $10,000 bond.…

Aaron CutsingerHARTFORD, AR – Police have charged 25-year-old Aaron Cutsinger with murder after he ran over a woman multiple times on a rural road as she held her 2-year-old son.

Police were called to the scene Saturday night after someone found a toddler covered in bruises wandering a dirt road. The boy was taken to the hospital while police searched the area and found the boy’s mother, 23-year-old Leanora Rippy, dead after having been run over numerous times back and forth.

In less than 24 hours investigators had identified Cutsinger as a suspect and had taken him into custody. Cutsinger once dated Rippy and had recently been arrested after sending Rippy a series of threatening text messages. During questioning, Cutsinger reportedly admitted that he was responsible for Rippy’s death.

Cutsinger is now facing charges of first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder. He’s currently being held at the detention center without bond. Rippy’s son has since been released from the hospital and into DHS custody.

“It was an act of God the child was not hurt worse,” Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck said, adding the boy was alone for several hours in a remote area populated by wild hogs and bears.…


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