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Parents accused of abandoning babies in the street

Shakeriyahae Catrina Gibson (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Shakeriyahae Catrina Gibson (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Bobby Ray Slaughter (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Bobby Ray Slaughter (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Jonesboro couple faces felony child endangerment charges after police say they left “two babies” in the middle of the street.

Officers arrested Bobby Ray Slaughter, 27, and Shakeriyahae Catrina Gibson, 21, on suspicion of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

A man, who flagged down Officer Zach Kaja just before 11 a.m. Monday, said he saw the two suspects “fighting in a red car on Fairview.”

He said when Gibson got out of the car and started to  walk away, Slaughter pulled in front of her and “put the children out of the car and left.”

According to the initial incident report, one of the children appeared to be one-year-old and in a diaper. The other was in an infant car seat.

The witness said he ran to the children to get them out of the road, as Gibson continued to walk away.

Two women who also reported seeing the incident stated when they yelled at Gibson that Slaughter had left the “two babies” in the street, she replied with “Those ain’t my kids.”

Gibson, they say, continued to walk away.

The women then pointed out the car parked in the 3200-block of Fairview.

Kaja went to the home and made contact with Slaughter who reportedly said “the children were his, and he had left them on the street with their mother.”

Police found Gibson at the corner of Sun and Brazos. When asked where her children were, she reportedly said: “I left them with their daddy.”

She reportedly denied leaving the children in the roadway.

Police arrested Slaughter and Gibson and took them to the Craighead County Detention Center to await probable cause hearings.

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