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Hot Springs Police Officers responded to an alleged child abuse call at National Park Medical Center on Malvern Avenue around 1015 hours on 4/27/19. The officers allegedly found a two year old boy being treated by doctors and nurses for a severe asthma attack. According to the report the child had severe bruising and swelling on his forehead, chin, neck, and cheeks, severe bruises and whelps in various stages of healing on both arms, chest, and stomach, a circular burn on his chest, a cut on the inside of his bottom lip, and minor bruises on his upper legs and the middle of his back.
The child’s mother, Brianna Michelle Troub, 22, of Edwards Road in Russellville, allegedly stated that the injuries came from a babysitter. The police report says Ms. Troub then changed her story and said that the injuries came from her live-in boyfriend, who was not named in the report, forcefully poking the child when “he wouldn’t chew his food the way he believed he should.” Ms. Troub also allegedly stated that her boyfriend would grab the child with force by the arms when he was upset with him.
Ms. Troub allegedly told officers she witnessed the incidents and asked her boyfriend to stop, but he allegedly refused. The report also states that Ms. Troub noticed the bruising on the child while bathing him during the week prior to the hospital visit, but had done nothing to stop or prevent the abuse until taking the child to the ER because he was having trouble breathing. Ms. Troub allegedly admitted that her son has had asthma since he was 6 months old. The report states that she told officers that he was prescribed an inhaler for the asthma, but it had all run out. She allegedly told police that the inhaler has been empty for over a month. She allegedly added that she knew he needed the medicine, but had neglected to get it refilled since moving to Hot Springs.
Due to the severity of the child’s injuries and asthma attack, he was transferred to Children’s Hospital for further treatment.
Ms. Troub was arrested and transported to Garland County Detention Center for processing. She is charged with Felony Permitting Abuse Of A Minor and Felony Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor, with a bond amount totaling $5,000.