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Little girl in ICU; father and girlfriend behind bars for torture, attempted murder

CAMDEN, Ark. - A Camden, Arkansas couple has turned themselves in to authorities after a warrant for their arrest charging them with the attempted murder of a 5-year-old.

Antwon Davidson, the child’s father, and Janecia Moore, his live-in girlfriend, are behind bars accused of Criminal Attempt First Degree Murder; Domestic Battery, First Degree; and Permitting Abuse of a Minor.

The charges came after the couple brought the child to the emergency room at Ouachita County Medical Center, claiming she fell down the stairs and complained of her neck hurting.

Concerned for the little girl’s weight, hospital employees alerted the Camden Police Department. When CPD officers entered the examination room, they noticed the child was “bony,” and underweight.

The child’s condition caused enough alarm that she was transferred to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock for further evaluation.

CPD Detective LaRhonda Moore received a preliminary report from attending medical personnel at ACH indicating the little girl was severely malnourished, emaciated and frail with sunken facial features. Upon her arrival at the Children’s Hospital, the report stated, she was crying out for food and drink. The staff also noted her upper thighs had circular burn marks and bruising on her backside.

The child told hospital staff she was not allowed to drink after 6 p.m. because she “potty’s on herself.”

When Davidson and Moore were with her after her transfer to ACH in Little Rock, the child was allowed to have a sandwich, but Moore took it away from her and gave it to her brother because Moore said she ate it too slow.

The child told the staff about her Pop Tarts being cold, though her brother’s were warmed, and if she didn’t eat it fast enough, her “daddy throws it in the trash.”

The child was moved to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at ACH for severe malnutrition, dehydration and hypernatremia. Tests showed her  electrolytes were remarkably high for sodium it was likely to have caused permanent injury or death without medical intervention.

The child told the staff, “they put salt in my rice…they put a big spoonful of salt in my rice and made eat it,” which explained the extraordinarily high sodium and chloride, which is consistent with salt poisoning, which is dangerous and potentially fatal.

An attending physician said high levels would result in an intense thirst drive, explaining why the little girl had gotten in trouble at home for drinking out of the toilet.

According to Detective Moore, “The summarized report from the Children’s Hospital is consistent with physical abuse and neglect, and the young child would be at grave risk of serious injury or death in her home environment.  


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