Arkansas boy, 6, found dead under floor in mother’s home: police

A 6-year-old Arkansas boy is found dead under the floorboards in his home and his sister is rescued with burns on her body: mom and boyfriend are arrested for murder

By Landon Mion

The body of an abused six-year-old boy was found underneath the hallway of his mother’s home in Arkansas, leading to the arrests of the mother and her boyfriend.

State police said special agents were called by Lee County deputies

Police said the boy may have been dead for up to three months.

“Based on initial findings, it’s believed the boy died from injuries sustained in the home, possibly three months ago,” the Arkansas Department of Public Safety said in a news release. “The state medical examiner will determine the manner and cause of death.”

The body of an abused six-year-old boy was found underneath the hallway of his mother's home in Arkansas, leading to the arrests of the mother and her boyfriend.

The body of an abused six-year-old boy was found underneath the hallway of his mother’s home in Arkansas, leading to the arrests of the mother and her boyfriend. (GoFundMe)



A six-year-old girl was also found in the home, according to police, who said they believe she suffered burns to her scalp. She was transported to a hospital in Memphis and is in stable condition.

The children’s mother Ashley Roland, 28, and Nathan Bridges, 33, were arrested by state police. They are both charged with capital murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Bridges is presumed to be Roland’s boyfriend. It is unknown what led to the discovery.

Police discovered the boy's body under the floor of this home in Moro, a small community about 70 miles west of Memphis, Tennessee.

Police discovered the boy’s body under the floor of this home in Moro, a small community about 70 miles west of Memphis, Tennessee.



Evidence that the children lived in the house could be seen scattered around the backyard.

Evidence that the children lived in the house could be seen scattered around the backyard.

State police said special agents were called by Lee County deputies Friday night to a home in Moro, where the boy's remains had been discovered buried beneath a floor.

State police said special agents were called by Lee County deputies Friday night to a home in Moro, where the boy’s remains had been discovered buried beneath a floor. (Arkansas State Police)



A little girl who survived abuse by her mother and her mother's boyfriend is now recovering and eating at a hospital, in a photo posted by a family friend who started a GoFundMe for her care and the burial of her brother.

A little girl who survived abuse by her mother and her mother’s boyfriend is now recovering and eating at a hospital, in a photo posted by a family friend who started a GoFundMe for her care and the burial of her brother.



The children’s grandmother had reportedly been attempting to gain custody for more than a year, according to a GoFundMe page posted by a friend. After working through the proper channels and paying a “ridiculous amount of money,” the grandmother received a court order last week allowing her to see the children on weekends, Anita Widby wrote on the fundraiser.

The children's grandmother, Karen McGee Roland, was informed by police on Friday of the discovery of the boy's body under the floor of the family home.

The children’s grandmother, Karen McGee Roland, was informed by police on Friday of the discovery of the boy’s body under the floor of the family home.



She had arrived at the home to pick up her grandchildren on Friday when she was told the boy was at a friend’s house and the girl could not walk.

The children's mother Ashley Roland, 28, and Nathan Bridges, 33, were arrested by state police.

The children’s mother Ashley Roland, 28, and Nathan Bridges, 33, were arrested by state police. (Arkansas State Police)

The grandmother then rushed the girl to the hospital after observing her condition. The child’s hair had been chopped off, she was malnourished, had cracked ribs, and had several burns on her body in various stages of healing.

“These injuries are presumed to be from her mother and the mother’s boyfriend,” Widby wrote.



Later that day, the grandmother was informed by police that her grandson’s body was found.

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