Couple accused of abandoning children while in jail

Couple accused of abandoning children while in jail
Dusty Mills (Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Office)
Dusty Mills (Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A therapist conducting a home visit Thursday discovered four children abandoned by their parents, police said. Now those parents face a felony charge of first-degree child endangerment.

The therapist discovered the children, all under the age of 9, home alone in the 2500-block of Duncan Road and called police at 8:05 p.m.

Neighbors told Officer Michael Talley the parents, 33-year-old Dusty Mills and 56-year-old Stanley Roberts, had been arrested in Mississippi County a few days earlier, the incident report said.

The children, two as young as three years of age, had spent at least one and possibly two nights alone.

After realizing the parents were not home, the neighbors said they "tried to take care of them, but didn't have the means to do so," the report said.

Talley notified the Department of Human Services and an agent came and took custody of the children.

Region 8 News learned that Roberts was incarcerated at the Mississippi County Detention Center before being transferred to the Craighead County Detention Center. Online records indicate he was held on a failure to appear and assisting other agencies.

On Thursday, officers from the Blytheville Police Department picked Roberts up from the CCDC and were en route to Mississippi County to face a felony to appear charge there when, according to Captain Scott Adams of BPD, he began to have "medical issues." The officers took Roberts to the hospital and left him with a citation to appear in court at a later date.

Mills, according to Major Robinson of the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office, is detained there on a failure to appear and child endangerment charge.

During our conversation with Robinson, we learned that Blytheville police arrested Mills in June 2014 for child endangerment.

According to a June 21, 2014, incident report from Captain Adams, police were called to the couple's home in the 900-block of South Division Street regarding a disturbance.

When officers entered the home, they discovered several beer bottles scattered on the floors throughout the house, including a bedroom where two children less than one year of age, slept.

According to that report, "the two children had a floor fan blowing air on them that did not have a front guard, exposing the rotating fan blades."

The children were also covered in insect bites, the report stated.

Police arrested both Stanley and Mills on suspicion of third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

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