Parents arrested after deputies find baby locked in truck

Parents arrested after deputies find baby locked in truck
Independence County deputies took off when they got a call about a child locked inside a truck. (Source: KAIT-TV)

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) -Deputies arrested the parents of a baby Saturday night after finding the infant locked inside a truck.

According to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to a “swimming hole” on B-Rock Lane shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, July 20, regarding a baby locked inside a vehicle.

When deputies and an Arkansas State Police trooper arrived, they found a white Dodge truck parked on a hill near the creek.

Inside they reportedly found a baby sitting in the truck seat in the back. They could not tell if the baby breathing.

One of the deputies tried to open the truck’s doors, but they were locked.

The truck’s engine was off, and all the windows were up.

Law enforcement then noticed multiple flashlights near the creek and could hear people talking.

One of the deputies began hollering in the direction of the flashlights but was ignored.

According to the report, a deputy busted out the driver’s window with a baton and unlocked the vehicle.

They entered the rear compartment of the truck and observed the baby was breathing and removed it from the car seat and truck. At that time, a man began walking toward them holding a flashlight.

As officers tended to the infant, 45-year-old Archove M. Noordhoek of Cave City, approached and identified himself as the baby’s father.

When a deputy tried to restrain Noordhoek, he attempted to pull away and the deputy placed him face down on the ground and placed him in handcuffs.

Noordhoek then stated, “I was checking on my baby, while I was hanging out at the creek.”

According to the report, the deputy “detected a strong odor of intoxicants” on Noordhoek.

Dispatch was contacted to send an ambulance for the baby.

One deputy sat in his patrol car with the baby, in an attempt to keep the baby cool. He discovered the child was soaked with urine and changed its diaper. He then gave the baby two bottles of Enfamil Neuro Pro 2.

At that time, a woman, later identified as 39-year-old Stephanie Ann Ormsbee of Batesville, appeared out of the woods stating she was the mother of the baby.

The deputy told Ormsbee she was under arrest for child endangerment.

Ormsbee reportedly stated, “l gave my rights up to that baby after it was born.”

Ormsbee said Noordhoek was the father, but they were only boyfriend and girlfriend.

While speaking to Ormsbee, deputies detected a strong odor of intoxicants on her. Deputies also observed Ormsbee appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine, due to her demeanor. Ormsbee continued to state, “How am I in trouble, I gave that baby away when it was born.”

Ormsbee was arrested and placed into a patrol car.

Vital Link then arrived on scene and transported the baby to the White River Medical Center.

A deputy then made contact with the Arkansas Department of Human Services and spoke with an investigator.

A witness told officers he observed Ormsbee and Noordhoek arrive at the creek together around 9 p.m. He said he only saw Noordhoek check on the baby one time. The witness added the baby was inside the truck the entire time.

Deputies then transported both Noordhoek and Ormsbee to the Independence County Jail.

A deputy later traveled to the White River Medical Center Emergency Room and met with the investigator to check on the baby.

Both Noordhoek and Ormsebee face first-degree charges for endangering the welfare of a minor.

Both were given a $7,500 bond.

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