A teenage mom and dad were jailed for letting rats bite their newborn baby over 100 times. The 15 day-old girl was so badly lacerated by the rodents that she had to undergo extensive reconstruction surgery on her skull.
Social workers who visited the unnamed tot’s home in Magnolia, Ar, also found her cot filled with blood. They found bloody rat footprints throughout the rundown property, and a blanket that was also soaked in blood. Her parents Erica Shyrock, 19, and Charles Elliott, 18, admitted using crystal meth and K2 in the days before the rat attack.
Her parents Erica Shyrock, 19, and Charles Elliott, 18, admitted using crystal meth and K2 in the days before the rat attack. Erica Shyrock now faces 20 years in prison for the crime Charles Elliott also admitted the horrific abuse.
The parents, who were themselves abused as kids and ended up in care, now face up to 20 years in jail after admitting abusing a minor. Their defense attorney Joseph Churchwell told Arkansas Online: ‘They should have never been allowed to leave the hospital with the baby when she was born.
Churchwell said. “This is DHS’ [Department of Human Services] fault. Why did they wait until this baby’s face was chewed on by rats?’ The baby has since been adopted.