Parents of newborn bitten by rats are fit for trial

COLUMBIA COUNTY, AR - Their two-week-old baby was covered in rat bites all over her tiny body, some so deep you could see the infants skull. 

It happened back in May of this year and now several months later the question, how could it happen and were 19-year-old Erica Shyrock and 18-year-old Charles Elliott the baby's parents responsible.

The couple appeared in court in July, but the case was put on hold.

Shyrock and Elliott had to undergo psychological evaluations.

In the evaluation, the teen mother admitted she used Marijuana, K2, Meth, prescribed Tylenol and Codeine before her arrest.

Elliot admitting he had done some of the same drugs that same year just before spending some time behind bars.

The couple told mental health professionals they were dropped off the week before by police at a friend's house on Cordelia Street where the baby was attacked by the rat.

The house has since been condemned by the city of Magnolia.

Shyrock had some of the same evaluation results.

The report states she was depressed, borderline intellectual functioning and poly-substance use disorder.

According to a report, her stepfather dropped dead of a heart attack right in front of her which triggered her first experience with mental help.

She was sent to Rivendell behavioral health hospital in Benton for cutting and hurting herself.

The report also states Shryock said she is half deaf and half blind.

She says she was taken to foster care as a child after a knot was found on her head.

Shyrock claims her mother physically abused her and her older brother molested her when she was five.

She says she grew up living in shelters and abandoned houses.

The mental evaluator did say in the report he suspected both were faking due to some illnesses they claimed that could be used to their benefit.  If they are found guilty, they both face up to 20 years in prison.
 


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