A Conway woman was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by police into a bathtub incident that left her 4-year-old son with second-degree burns on 12 percent of his body.
Administrators at Arkansas Children’s Hospital contacted Detective Jason Cameron with Conway Police Department after Marsha Nacole Oliver, 23, reportedly relayed details that caused concern.
Oliver told hospital personnel that she put her son, age 4, and his three-year-old sibling in a bathtub of running water at their home on Dave Ward Drive but realized she needed to get clothing for the children.
Oliver said she removed both of the children from the bath and turned the water off, noting that the water temperature was “normal” at the time.
About five minutes later, she said she heard the 4-year-old scream and found him back in the bathtub, burned.
She then removed him from the tub and began applying Gold Bond powder to his peeling skin, waiting seven hours to seek medical attention.
According to Det. Cameron, during questioning, Oliver’s story changed several times.
Doctors reported that along with the fresh burns, the boy also suffered a recently-inflicted black and swollen eye, along with old scars including healed burns, bite marks and facial bruising.
Oliver's four children were placed into the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services pending an investigation by CPD.
Oliver was arrested and charged with felony first-degree battery following a consultation with the prosecuting attorney’s office.
She is currently being held in the Faulkner County jail, and all of the children remain in DHS custody.
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