A Conway woman accused of endangering the welfare of a minor faces felony charges.
Online records show Heather Pasco, 36, is charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor after police were called to her home regarding a juvenile who had a broken hand and found the home was filthy and had no power.
Paramedics were called out to the Oakwood Village Trailer Park on Tuesday after a 16-year-old boy called 911 stating he had a broken hand and needed medical attention. When paramedics arrived on scene and asked to speak with the boy's mother, he said she'd left prior to their arrival, taking two minor children with her.
Authorities searched the residence to make sure there were no other children inside after learning this. Following the safety sweep, they also noted an extension cord was used to power a lamp and a box fan inside the home, according to a probable cause affidavit.
"When we walked in, I observed several plugs coming from the extension powering a lamp and box fan that was in the window," one of the responding officers wrote in his report. "When I walked past the refrigerator, there was an extremely pungent smell of rotten food coming from it, there were also a few cereal boxes on top of the fridge that were extremely dusty and appeared to have been sitting a while."
The injured teen told police he and Pasco began arguing after he found some "dope" on the kitchen table, noting he was worried about the younger children so he confronted Pasco. The teen also said Pasco threatened to slit his throat at one point during the argument.
During the argument, he said he threw the foil containing what he suspected was methamphetamine out of the trailer near the porch. A field test kit later showed the residue inside the foil tested positive for meth and was taken in as evidence.
The boy was taken to Conway Regional Medical Center for his injuries, where a case worker also met with him regarding his claims against Pasco.
Records show authorities went back by the Oakwood Village residence later that day and located Pasco, who was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment.
While headed to the county jail, the woman reportedly began telling an officer about the incident, claiming the teen who called authorities had punched her. The officer, according to the affidavit, asked Paso why she didn't report the incident at the time if her statements were true. She said she did not report the incident because she "was scared" for the well-being of the 6- and 9-year-old children and that she did not want the teen who ultimately called police to get into trouble. According to the officer's report, he did not see any signs of injuries on the side of Pasco's head where she alleged she was punched four times. However, he said he took photos of the side of her head following her statements.
Pasco is currently scheduled to appear July 16 in Faulkner County Circuit Court regarding the allegations against her for a plea and arraignment hearing.