Rebecca Wiley, Nicholas Rice arrested for endangering a child

    12:49 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A Hot Springs couple is under arrest for child endangerment.

    Hot Springs Police received a call around 10:30 a.m. May 1 about a 4-year-old boy who was found wandering in a field near Forest Lane Blvd. and Twin Points Road.

    The woman who called police was sitting with the boy in the area. The caller says the boy had been wandering for about 45 minutes and she grabbed him before he could walk into traffic.

    When the officer asked the boy's name, he said it was "baby boy" and he had burns on his arm from a light bulb. According to the police report, the boy said he didn't want to go home, which turned out to be his grandfather's home on Twin Points.

    When officers arrived at the home, they found the boy's parents, Rebecca Wiley and Nicholas Rice, who said they had been living in a truck in the yard for about two weeks.

    The report states that Wiley said she and Rice had fallen asleep. She said she saw the boy get out of the truck, but she fell back asleep.

    Along with the burns on the boy's elbows, a doctor at Mercy Pediatric Clinic say the boy also had flea bites.

    DHS has taken custody of the boy and Rice, 25, and Wiley, 26, are charged with second degree endangerment. They were both issued citations.

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