UPDATE SEPT 17, 2020
We now know the suspect in Tuesday’s incident where a two-year-old child died after being left on the side of the Interstate near Exit 117 in Benton.
Whitney Turner-Tyson, age 30, of Little Rock is now in the Saline County jail. She faces charges of Capital Murder and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, each felonies. There is no bond.
Arkansas State Police is investigating but they have not yet released the child’s name.
ORIGINAL SEPT 15, 2020
UPDATE 09/15/2020 9:43PM IN BOLD TYPE:
Two apparently unrelated incidents over a five-hour period Tuesday claimed the lives of three children along two U.S. highways in Saline and Jackson Counties. Both are being investigated by Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division (CID).
In Saline County, at 8:53 a.m. State Troopers responded to a call from a motorist. It was previously reported from a State Police news release that the motorist saw a young child dropped from a moving vehicle along the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 near the 117 mile marker in Benton. However, the person who called 911 this morning has contacted MySaline with a correction. There were two witnesses driving by, but they say they did not see the child being thrown from a car.
“The [State Police and major news agencies] are reporting that [we] saw a child being thrown from a moving vehicle. This is false. We found a child’s body (alive). No moving vehicle at all. We called 911 after we pulled over, got out of the truck, and confirmed that what we saw was a human baby and not a doll. While this child may have very well been thrown from a moving vehicle, we did NOT see this. We merely reported finding the child.”
The witness wishes to remain anonymous.
The child, believed to be approximately 2 years old, died after troopers were on the scene and awaiting emergency medical care to arrive. The child’s identity has not been released.
At 4:07 a.m. State Troopers of the Highway Patrol Division were dispatched to the 98 mile marker of U.S. Highway 67 south of the Jackson and Craighead County line where two children were found dead. The victims have been identified as Michael Rogers, III, age 10, and his sister, Princess Josh-Lyn Logan, age 3. The children were apparently struck by a southbound tractor-trailer commercial carrier driven by Gerald Sanders, 77. Sanders was not injured. Latoya Taylor, age 26, the mother of the children, was found at the fatality scene when state troopers arrived, but she was not physically injured.
CID special agents are questioning witnesses in each case. Agents have been in contact with prosecuting attorneys in both local jurisdictions and will submit criminal case files for consideration whether to file formal charges in the deaths. No arrests have been made in either case at this time.