No one could possibly imagine the terrors that two young Arkansas children endured in their own home. According to Lee County, Arkansas officials, the two children, a boy and a girl, lived in this home with their mother and a man presumed to be her boyfriend. Police say that they got a call to do a check at the home after the children's grandmother alerted them that something was terribly wrong.
The children's grandmother had been trying to gain custody of the children for over a year. The children's mother, 28-year-old Ashley Roland, had kept the children from visiting with the grandmother during that time. Last week the grandmother was granted a visitation with the children by the courts and when she arrived to pick them up she was told that "the boy was at a friend's house and that the little girl couldn't walk".
According to Fox News the grandmother then rushed the girl to the hospital after observing her condition. The child's hair had been chopped off, she was malnourished, had cracked ribs, and had several burns on her body, and scalp, in various stages of healing.
The injuries were said to have been inflicted by the mother's live-in boyfriend, Nathan Bridges, 33. The grandmother then told authorities that she hadn't seen her grandson and that is what promoted them to visit the family's home in Moro, which is located about 75 miles east of Little Rock, where the boy's remains had been discovered buried beneath a floor in the home's hallway.
Police believe that the little boy, determined to be 6-years-old, had been dead for at least three months. "Based on initial findings, it’s believed the boy died from injuries sustained in the home, possibly three months ago," the Arkansas Department of Public Safety said in a news release. "The state medical examiner will determine the manner and cause of death."
Roland and Bridges are both charged with capital murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence and endangering the welfare of a minor. The 6-year-old girl was transported to a hospital in Memphis and is in stable condition.