A Conway woman accused of causing second-degree burns on 12 percent of her then four-year-old son is scheduled for arraignment Monday on a failure to appear charge.
An arrest warrant on the charge was filed in Faulkner County Circuit Court against Marsha Nicole Oliver on Oct. 15. Court documents show Oliver, 24, is being held without bond at the Faulkner County jail until her arraignment and bond revocation hearing at 9 a.m. before Circuit Judge Ed Clawson.
Oliver was originally charged with first-degree battery in January after Arkansas Children’s Hospital doctors alerted Conway police of the burns received by her child. Hospital staff said the burns appeared to be purposeful, and not an accident.
Oliver told hospital staff she placed her son, and his three-year-old sibling in a bathtub of running water when she realized she needed to get clothing for the children, and removed them from the tub and turned off the water.
Minutes later, Oliver said she heard screaming and discovered her four-year-old son back in the tub. Police said Oliver applied powder to her son’s body while she waited seven hours to seek medical attention.
In addition to fresh burns, hospital staff said the child displayed a black, swollen eye, burn scars, bite marks and facial bruising.
Oliver was ordered to undergo a mental examination in May, however, court documents do not show the results, or whether the examination has been completed. In August, DHS wrote the court to request an extension in order to complete the evaluation.
Months later, Oliver was charged with failure to appear. According to court documents, Oliver stated Ronald Davis, Jr. had been retained as her defense attorney.
First-degree battery, class Y felony, is punishable by 10 to 40 years or life in prison.
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