A bald young girl has been rescued from a house of horrors where a mum and her accomplice boyfriend are believed to have killed a boy and hid him beneath floorboards.
Mum of the kids Ashley Roland, 28, and boyfriend Nathan Bridges, 33, have now both been charged with capital murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Police were called to the family home in from Arkansas, US, on Friday at 10.45pm after the girl's grandma, who is said to have been trying to gain custody of her grandchildren for more than a year, came to pick her up her granddaughter.
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Gran Karen McGee Roland rushed the little girl to hospital after finding her with no hair and cracked ribs, reports The Mirror.
The youngster was left extremely malnourished and had multiple burns across her body, Arkansas State Police said, and was sent to a hospital in Memphis where she remains in a stable condition.
Just hours later after gran Karen discovered the horror surrounding her granddaughter, she was told by cops they had also found her grandson's lifeless body buried under floorboards in the family home.
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It's believed the six-year-old's body was left inside the house for as long as three months.
The Arkansas Department of Public Safety said: "Based on initial findings, it’s believed the boy died from injuries sustained in the home, possibly three months ago.
"The state medical examiner will determine the manner and cause of death."
The mum and step-dad are being held in Lee County Jail.
Anita Widby, a friend of Karen's, said the grandma had spent time and money trying to gain custody of the kids and was given permission to visit them on weekends just last week.
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Anita, who set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for her friend, said: "These children have endured so much pain, neglect, and death.
“This child's hair had been chopped off, she is malnourished, cracked ribs, and many many burns on her body in various stages of healing.
"These injuries are presumed to be from her mother and the mother's boyfriend."
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