Three children were removed from a Faulkner County home by the Department of Human Services following an investigation regarding an allegedly malnourished infant.
According to felony information filed by Prosecutor Cody Hiland on Tuesday, Serina Marie Brock, 20, of Conway “did unlawfully and feloniously ... engage in conduct creating a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to a minor.”
Brock was taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon and cited for first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class D felony, following the completion of the investigation by DHS.
Deputies with the Faulkner County Sheriff's office were dispatched on Oct. 15 to Central Arkansas Pediatrics on Dave Ward Drive after a nurse practitioner expressed “ongoing concerns” for a 5-month-old infant considered “well under normal weight” for his age.
According to a report, the nurse practitioner told deputies she had discussed concerns regarding the infant’s welfare with Brock on a number of occasions and had instructed her to bring the infant to the clinic for a weekly follow-up appointment on Sept. 14, but Brock did not show up, even after being advised by clinic personnel that a failure to comply would require the reporting of the incident to the child abuse hotline.
The nurse said when Brock was again contacted to bring the child to the clinic, she reportedly hung up on the caller and then refused to answer further calls.
Brock eventually gave verbal consent for a grandmother to bring the child in for evaluation.
When the concerned grandmother returned the child to the clinic on Oct. 15, he weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces — 7 pounds less than the typical weight of a baby of his age and height, according to medical staff.
Following the appointment, clinicians contacted DHS investigators, who removed the baby and two other children from Brock’s home pending the outcome of an investigation.
A first appearance has not been set in the case. Brock will appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court before Judge Charles E. Clawson.
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