Child Found Locked In Pick-Up Truck

Independence County Deputies arrested the parents of a baby who left the child locked inside a truck.

Authorities say 45-year-old Archove M. Noordhoek, of Cave City and 39-year-old Stephanie Ann Ormsebee, of Batesville, face first-degree charges for endangering the welfare of a minor.

After a 911 call, deputies and a trooper with Arkansas State Police found the baby in the back of a locked Dodge truck parked on the hill near the creek on B-Rock Lane, in the northern part of Independence County shortly before 11:30pm Saturday night.

Deputies could not tell if the baby breathing.

One of the deputies tried to open the truck’s doors, but they were locked.

The truck’s engine was off, and all the windows were up.

A witness said the baby had been in the truck over two hours.

A deputy busted out the driver’s window with a baton and unlocked the vehicle.

Authorities entered the rear compartment of the truck and observed the baby was breathing and removed it from the car seat and truck.

One deputy sat in his patrol car with the baby, in an attempt to keep the baby cool. He discovered the child was soaked with urine and changed its diaper. He then gave the baby two bottles of formula.

Authorities say both parents had a strong odor of intoxicants. Deputies also observed Ormsbee appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine, due to her demeanor.

Vital Link transported the baby to the White River Medical Center and was later released to personnel from the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Archove M. Noordhoek

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