Whitney Turner-Tyson, 30, of Little Rock has been charged with the death of a toddler who was dropped from a moving vehicle on Interstate 30 in Saline County.
The Saline County Sheriff’s Office said Turner-Tyson was taken into custody by Arkansas State Police on Tuesday night. She is charged with capital murder, battery in the first degree, and endangering the welfare of an incompetent person first degree.
State troopers responded to a call at 8:53 a.m. Tuesday from a motorist. The motorist reported seeing a young child dropped from a moving vehicle along the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 near the 117-mile marker in Saline County.
The two-year-old girl died after troopers were on the scene and awaiting emergency medical care to arrive. The child has not been publicly identified and the child’s relationship to Turner-Tyson has not been clarified.
Turner-Tyson is being held at the Saline County Jail without bond.
Lawmen also continue to investigate the suspicious deaths of two children that happened about five hours before the Interstate 30 tragedy.
At 4:07 a.m. Tuesday, troopers were dispatched to the 98-mile marker of U.S. 67 south of the Jackson-Craighead County line where two children were found dead.
The victims have been identified as Michael Rogers, III, 10; and his sister, Princess Josh-Lyn Logan, 3.
The children were in the lane of traffic when they were struck by a southbound tractor-trailer commercial carrier driven by Gerald Sanders, 77. Sanders was not injured.
Latoya Taylor, 26, the mother of the children, was found at the fatality scene when state troopers arrived, but she was not physically injured.