Abducted Child's Father Charged with Kidnapping and Murder; Boy in Family's Custody

PARAGOULD, AR -Paragould Police say a Kennett, Missouri man faces a capital murder and kidnapping charges after allegedly killing his ex-wife and taking their 2 year-old son.

The search for Kristopher Dean Parker and his son began just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night, when Paragould Police received a telephone call from Tiffany Parker's mother.

Thomas says officers accompanied the mother into Tiffany Parker's home, where they found her body lying in the house's living room.

30 year-old Tiffany Parker touched a number of lives all across Region 8. The former Greene County Tech student was living in Paragould at the time of her death, but had ties in Kennett and through work in Jonesboro. Following her death, those that knew her are left with just memories.

"Is this really happening, is she really gone, it just doesn't seem possible," said Parker's Cousin Teresa Mathes.

Tiffany Parker and her cousin Teresa Mathes spent many summers growing up together and for Mathes and the rest of her family, the loss is a tough.

"Tiffany was a wonderful person, she was a loving mother, she cherished her children, she helped so many people in this world through her job," said Mathes.

The 30 year-old mother of three was a clinical therapist in Jonesboro at Mid-South Health Systems. When her family didn't hear from her on Wednesday, Parker's mother called the police.

"Officers went to the residence with the mother, got there entered the residence with the mother and found the victim deceased in the residence," said Paragould Police Chief J.D. Stephenson.

According to police, it appears she was beaten to death with some sort of a weapon because she had internal injuries and broken bones. In addition, Parker's 2 year-old son Carson was missing. That is when police put out an Amber Alert for young Carson and his father, 33 year-old Kristopher Parker.

"Not only is law enforcement looking, but everyone in this area is looking. When you have a suspect vehicle and a description of the suspect and the child, so you have a lot of eyes out there," said Stephenson.

When Kristopher Parker became aware that law enforcement across the region were looking for him, he turned himself and Carson over to Greene County Sheriff Dan Langston Thursday morning around eight.

"He was interviewed and in his statement, he gave incriminating statements of his involvement in the homicide," said Stephenson.

Kristopher Parker is charged with capitol murder and kidnapping. If convicted the crimes could hold a penalty of life in prison and possibly the death penalty.

Two year-old Carson is safe with family members. Family members were shocked because they say Tiffany moved to Paragould to get away from her ex-husband and to their knowledge she hadn't talked to him in over a year.

"We are a strong family and we love the Lord and we know the Lord will help get us through this," said Mathes.

Kristopher Parker is currently behind bars at the Greene County Detention Center, he is expected in court for a bond and probable cause hearing on Monday.

Tiffany's body has been sent to the state crime lab in Little Rock for a full autopsy.