MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Telemundo Gray News) – An Arkansas mother and her boyfriend were arrested after the body of a 5-year-old boy was found at the boyfriend’s home.
The boy’s 6-year-old sister is being treated for injuries in Memphis, according to reports.
Ashley Rolland, the mother of the children, was charged with capital murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence, endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree, accessory to capital murder, assault in the first degree and allowing abuse. childish.
Karen Rolland, the children’s grandmother, said her grandson, Blu, was found in a wooden box at his mother’s boyfriend’s home in Moro, Arkansas. She said that she would have turned 6 this month.
Karen Rolland also said her granddaughter, 6-year-old Taylor Rolland, is recovering from multiple injuries. Taylor suffered multiple broken ribs, burns and more injuries.
Taylor was taken from the house by Karen Rolland before Blu’s body was discovered later that day.
The grandmother told WMC she had been fighting for visitation rights for months after the boyfriend, Nathan Bridges, allegedly pulled a gun on her son, the children’s biological father. She said a lawyer advised her not to go to the house.
“I heard Taylor whimpering,” Karen Rolland said. “Of course, I didn’t know what was going on, and I went through the door myself because I didn’t like whining. She sounded like she was in pain.
Through a court order, Karen Rolland said she was able to get her visitation rights back. She said she went to the Bridges home Friday and found Taylor with serious injuries but no sign of her grandson.
“She had puncture wounds like scissors had gone through her head,” Karen Rolland said. “It looked like they had strangled her around her neck, bite marks on her legs, several fractured ribs that we discovered…and an old leg wound that had been fractured before and didn’t grow back properly.”
Karen Rolland said her granddaughter also told her that Bridges threw scalding water on her.
Taylor was rushed to the hospital by her grandmother with various injuries, including second and third degree burns to her arms, chest and feet.
Doctors reportedly said Taylor was malnourished and weighed just 36 pounds.
More family members went to the home in Moro that day and confronted Ashley Rolland and Bridges. Karen Rolland said the two eventually confessed, claiming Blu’s death was an “accident.”
Authorities found Blu’s body under the house later that night.
Glenda Farrell is a neighbor who lives a few meters from the house.
“You’re living here, and it’s right under your nose, and you don’t see anything out of the ordinary,” he said.
Farrell said the children and their mother moved into the home earlier this summer.
Arkansas State Police are leading the investigation.
A GoFundMe has been set up to pay for Blu’s funeral expenses and more. Donations can also be made by contacting First National Bank and requesting a donation to “Taylor’s care and Blu’s burial”.