Arkansas mother arrested after child found dead in home

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UPDATE: Authorities say Betty Adams of Dermott, Arkansas has been arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse. Adams is the mother of a 12-year-old child found dead on Monday, July 19 inside the bedroom of their home.

The deceased child has been identified as Justin Adams and his body has been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory where the manner and cause of death will be determined.

Dermott Police initially responded to the residence about 5 PM Monday, then contacted state police special agents requesting they investigate the case.

This is an ongoing investigation and we will update this story as the information becomes available.


DERMOTT, Ark. (KTVE/KARD)– A mother in Dermott has been arrested and is now facing a charge of abuse of a corpse.

According to investigators, 39-year-old Betty Adams was arrested on Monday afternoon after Dermott police discovered her 12-year-old child dead inside a bedroom of her home.

The body was transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab where the manner and cause of death are being determined.

The investigation is ongoing with special agents with the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division hoping to learn when the death originally happened.

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