A nine-month-old baby was tossed in the garbage by his mother on Saturday, resulting in the arrest of 22-year-old Brittany Cole. When deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas responded to the 911 call in the small town of Altheimer, they discovered that the baby had already been rescued from the trash shed by the child’s grandmother.
However, the grandmother was still concerned. According to her report to the deputies, Brittany Cole became upset when the baby’s father brought the child home for her to watch. Claiming that she was tired and could no longer care for the baby, Cole took him and left the house.
When she returned without him, the grandmother had a lot of questions about where he was — and said that Cole just pointed outside to the garbage bin. The nine-month-old baby had been left in the trash.
Fortunately, he was unharmed.
Cole had left but when she returned to the house, she was arrested on a felony child endangerment charge. Jefferson County prosecutors have said that they’re thinking about upgrading the charge to attempted capital murder.
She’s currently being held without bond.
“We go back to the grandparent being there,” said Major Lafayette Woods Jr. of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. “Had she not, the child would have been there longer and possibly suffered a death because of it.”
It was apparently a bad weekend to be a little kid in Arkansas. A five-year-old boy was killed by a bull mastiff in Jessieville near Hot Springs on Sunday. In an awful twist, the as-yet-unnamed family was staying in Jessieville with another family because they lost their home in the deadly Moore, Oklahoma tornado last month.
Brittany Cole’s other two children, as well as the nine-month-old baby tossed in the garbage, are currently being held by child protection services.
[garbage pickup photo by Dmitry Kalinovsky via Shutterstock]