Seligman residents arrested for child abuse
According to press releases issued by the Barry County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, March 26, two Seligman residents have been arrested for child abuse.
On March 23, Buck Haynes, 29, and Carlin Cullop, 30, were charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed in conjunction with the case, Barry County Deputy Larry Stockton was approached by a student who said his father had hit him and he had bruises on his body. The interaction occurred on March 21 after a DARE class at Southwest Middle School.
On March 22, Detective Doug Henry observed an interview with the student that was conducted by forensic interviewer Cassie Meier. During the interview, the student stated that he had been "whooped," grabbed by his ears and thrown across the room by his father, Haynes, and his father's girlfriend, Cullop.
The student said the abuse started when he lived in Springdale, Ark. He said he was beaten with a paddle that hold holes in it, and the paddle was broken across his butt. He said he was also hit across the hands with the paddle.
The alleged abuse continued in Missouri and included punching, kicking, throwing across the room and being hit with a switch and a belt. The student said that both Haynes and Cullop participated in the beatings and that the beatings occurred three to four times a week when his father "gets mad."
The student said the most recent punishment included eating dog food off the floor after he spilled the dog food. He said that Cullop made him eat the dog food.
The student said alleged beatings by both Haynes and Cullop left bruises on his back and legs. Some of the bruises were caused by his father hitting the student's legs with his fists.
In addition to physical abuse, the student said that Haynes and Cullop call him names and have threatened to shoot him. The student said the abuse happens very often.
Haynes and Cullop are being held in the Barry County Jail on $25,000 cash-only bonds.