Parents Arrested After 5-Year-Old Shot In The Face

The parents of the five-year-old Benton County boy who accidentally shot himself in the face earlier this week have been arrested and face several felony charges associated with the incident, according to Decatur police.

Lawrence and Jessica Thompson were arrested Thursday (June 27) on suspicion of illegal possession of firearms, endangering the welfare of minors and tampering with evidence.

The young special-needs child who accidentally shot himself was transported to a Siloam Springs hospital at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was later airlifted to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, said Decatur Police Chief Terry Luker.

The child was released from the hospital Wednesday night, and the couple’s three children were taken into custody by the state Department of Human Services, Luker said.

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