Conway woman charged, man sought in abuse of children

troot@thesunnews.comSeptember 20, 2013 

Elizabeth A. Ventiquattro

A 34-year-old Conway woman was released Thursday on $50,000 bail after police charged her in connection with two children being abused, according to authorities.

Police also planned to seek a warrant for the arrest of a 32-year-old man in connection with the incident.

Elizabeth Ashley Ventiquattro, 34, of Conway was jailed at 10:50 a.m. Sunday on charges of abuse to inflict great bodily injury upon a child and unlawful neglect of a child, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Conway police charged Ventiquattro and planned to seek an arrest warrant for the man in connection with police learning about the abuse at about 10 a.m. Sunday, according to a police report.

Ventiquattro went to the police department after he parents urged her to do so to report abuse of the children, ages 9 and 14, according to the report. Officers learned from Ventiquattro that she did not want to press charges, but “her parents are the one who were pushing the issue.”

Ventiquattro told officers that about a week before her boyfriend had took a metal spatula and struck the children several times, which caused a cut to one of the children, according to the report. Ventiquattro told police she did not know where the man had been staying after the incident.

Police notified officials with the state Department of Social Services and after a brief investigation officers took Ventiquattro into custody on the charges, according to the report. The children were released to the custody of their grandparents.

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