Should young parents accused of ignoring crying baby chewed by rats get baby back?

A teenage couple faces felony charges for failing to protect their 2-week-old daughter from rats in their Arkansas home. The infant suffered up to 100 rodent bites on her face, body and arms while the young parents slept near the crib, according to police.

Erica Shryock, 19, and Charles Elliott, 18, both of Magnolia, Arkansas, are being held on first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor. The arrest affidavit alleges the couple slept in their bed near the crib while ignoring the infant’s screams Sunday morning.

A police search of the bedroom found a “blood-soaked” infant toboggan on the floor and “bloody rodent footprints” were found in the bassinet, according to the affidavit.

Read our full story: Police: Newborn baby found with over 100 rat bites in blood-soaked clothing; teen parents arrested

Nancy Grace, in this “Crime Stories” episode, argues that the baby should not be returned to the couple or even to grandparents because of the possibility of continued neglect.

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