Sulphur Springs Man Arrested for Child Endangerment Charges


A man from Sulphur Springs was arrested on Wednesday, March 13, for multiple charges including child endangerment and domestic battery, according to a Benton County probable cause for arrest report.

John Atwood, 31, is facing charges of felony second-degree domestic battery, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and five counts of violating the child maltreatment act, according to the Benton County Detention Center inmate report.

Two kids were seen running down the road in Sulphur Springs on Tuesday, March 12.  When police arrived at the caller’s apartment, they said the kids were covered in dirt with abrasions on their bodies.

An officer recognized the children from serving a warrant service the week prior and went to the house where the children lived.

According to a probable cause statement, the kitchen had roaches crawling everywhere and a pile of trash with rotten food and old diapers next to the cabinets overflowing on the floor.

Cockroaches were crawling on the food and the kitchen had bugs everywhere, according to the report. Two children were asleep on a mattress in the floor of the living room and one child was asleep in Atwood’s bed.

The youngest and oldest child was observed to have burn wounds. The youngest also had bruises on the left side of their face.

Atwood is being held on $23,000 bond at Benton County Jail. His next court appearance will be on April 22.

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