MAGNOLIA, Ark.- The father of the 15-day-old baby, who was hospitalized after nearly being eaten to death by rats, has found to be recently in and out of DHS custody, with some claiming that the system has failed him.
Charles Elliot went from home to home while in the state's custody. His foster mother says he is a father of two and has multiple personality disorder.
"Normalcy to them was a rodent-infested home," said his foster mom.
This foster mother, who did not want to be identified, says that 18-year-old Elliot lived with her briefly, when he was 17 and in DHS custody.
"He was not confident in the system and he wanted to get out of care as quick as possible," she said.
The foster mother says Elliot was a polite and respectful teenager, who was apprehensive at times because he was in a stranger's home. She went on to say that Elliot was put into foster care years ago, but custody was given back to his biological mother.
"He lived in an abandoned home, he left his mom's care or his mom left him. I'm not certain which way that went, but he lived on his own in an abandoned home with no electricity or running water," she added.
After dropping out of school, she says Elliot was put back into the state's custody when he was 17. She also said that he had the option of staying in DHS custody until he was 24, but decided to leave when he was 18.
"I'm not certain someone with his mental diagnosis should've been allowed to make a decision that was not his best interest by himself," she said.
This Arkansas foster mother saying she's not sure who's to blame, but somehow, some way the system failed the father of two.
"I don't know where the system broke down but the system broke. Whether with his family, his biological family, with the public school system or with DHS or society in general, something broke," she said.
Elliot is being held in the Columbia County Jail on a $15k bond.
There are reports of a group working to get him out of jail sometime this weekend.
Elliot, along with Erica Shyrock, 19, is charged with permitting abuse, and endangering the welfare of their baby.
The newborn and two other children are in DHS custody.
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