Arkansas Children

Missing Arkansas Boy, 5, Found Safe In New Mexico

Oct 11, 2013

A 5-year-old boy who disappeared from his grandparents' home in western Arkansas has been found safe with his non-custodial mother in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Sebastian County Sheriff's Office says Quinn Whitsitt was recovered and that his mother - Rainy Whitsitt - was arrested Thursday afternoon about one mile from where his mother was living in Albuquerque by FBI agents who had the home under surveillance.

Quinn was reported missing from Central City just east of Fort Smith about 6:30 a.m. Thursday by his grandparents, who authorities say have custody of the child.

Walk Now For Autism Speaks

The annual Autism Speaks fundraiser begins at 8:30 Saturday morning with a walk-or-run 5k at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Over 2,000 people are expected to attend “Arkansas Walks Now” to support research and advocacy efforts.

Co-chair Dawn Itzkowitz says Arkansas receives grant funding from the walk.

Researchers at Arkansas Children’s Hospital are continuing efforts to prevent childhood obesity.

Dr. Elisabet Borsheim is working with a team of six scientists to determine the ways metabolism, exercise, physiology, and nutrition affect weight gain.

“We are in the process of building a Physical Fitness Lab where we will study the influence of exercise on how carbohydrates, protein, and fat is handled in the body,” said Borsheim.

A former co-owner and a former employee of a closed Little Rock adoption agency have been ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution and penalties to former clients and the state of Arkansas.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a Pulaski County judge on Tuesday ordered the payments by former Adoption Advantage owner Donna Gail Hight and ex-employee Jacklyn Potter.

They were convicted in April of deceptive trade practices after prosecutors said prospective adoptive parents paid thousands of dollars in upfront fees for adoptions that never took place.

School Bus Safety Urged As Arkansas Students Return

Aug 9, 2013

The Arkansas Education Department is starting a program to urge motorists to be careful around school buses.

Classes resume this month across the state and the department is starting a campaign on Monday called, "Flashing Red, Kids Ahead."

The three-week campaign will emphasize that it is illegal for a driver to pass a stopped school buses whenever its red lights are flashing and students are loading or unloading.

According to the Arkansas Department of Human Services, less than 15 percent of children who qualify for free or reduced-priced school lunches in Arkansas are getting nutritious meals in the summer.

Though the summer will soon come to a close, efforts are ramping up to encourage local organizations to join the Summer Food Service Program.

Kevin Concannon is the undersecretary for USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services.

3-Year-Old Boy Killed In Shooting Near Cabot

Jul 22, 2013

Authorities in Lonoke County say a 3-year-old boy died after he accidentally shot himself with a handgun.

Lonoke County sheriff's Lt. Jim Kulesa says the shooting happened Sunday afternoon at a home near Cabot.

Kulesa says the boy was at the home of a family friend at the time of the shooting. Kulesa says the child picked up a 9mm automatic handgun from a nightstand and it discharged, striking him once.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Kulesa says there are no signs of foul play in the shooting death.

Malcolm Glover / KUAR

A recent financial donation to Arkansas’s oldest and largest psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents is expected to help clients improve their lives.

Youth Home is a private non-profit psychiatric treatment center for emotionally troubled young people. A $75,000 donation to the organization has enabled officials to buy vans and make other facility upgrades.

David Napier is Youth Home’s executive director.

Hundreds Of Kids To Fish In Downtown Little Rock

Jul 18, 2013
Kids line the pond in MacArthur Park.
City of Little Rock Facebook page

Hundreds of children from central Arkansas are expected for Little Rock's annual fishing derby at a downtown park.

The city's Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting its 28th annual Fishing Derby on Thursday at MacArthur Park that is open to children ages 6 to 15. It will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Young anglers are only allowed to use cane poles during the derby. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is stocking the pond.

Our House

Officials with Our House, a Little Rock-based nonprofit organization that serves homeless families, say construction is underway for a new Children’s Center. 

A groundbreaking ceremony for the 19,000 square foot facility is scheduled for Wednesday. Georgia Mjartan is executive director of Our House.

When complete,  the Center is supposed to be a safe place where homeless youth can receive a nutritious meal and participate in educational and fun activities.