An Arkansas woman and man have been arrested after authorities discovered the possibly months-old body of a 6-year-old boy beneath the floorboards of his home last week.
Arkansas State Police arrested the child's mother, Ashley Rolland, 28, and Nathan Bridges, 33, after they discovered the 6-year-old boy's body buried under the hallway of the home in Moro, about 85 miles east of Little Rock, at around 10:45 p.m. Friday, police said. Bridges' relationship to the child and Rolland was not immediately clear.
Rolland and Bridges have been charged with capital murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence and endangering the welfare of a minor. They are being held at the Lee County Jail, police said.
It was not immediately clear whether they have retained lawyers.
Affidavits are expected to be filed in court Monday, said Bill Sadler, the public information officer for Arkansas State Police.
Officials believe the boy "died from injuries sustained in the home, possibly three months ago," the statement said, adding that the state medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
A representative for the state medical examiner could not immediately be reached for comment.
Authorities also found Rolland's 6-year-old daughter in the home with what they believe were burns to her scalp. The girl is being treated for her injuries at a hospital in Memphis and is stable, police said.
Sadler declined to answer further questions about the case, noting that the investigation continues.