3 adults slain in Arkansas home, abducted baby found safe


HUNTSVILLE, Arkansas (AP) – Three adults were found dead and a baby was abducted from a home in northwest Arkansas, but the child was found hours later unharmed, and a suspect was arrested, authorities said on Wednesday.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered the bodies at the house near Huntsville, Madison County on Tuesday evening, the report said. police of the state of Arkansas. Authorities deduced that the child was missing and said police the soldiers began to search for two vehicles which had been seen at the house earlier in the day.

One of the vehicles, a truck, was found abandoned, but soldiers caught up with the other vehicle, a van, just after 10 p.m. Tuesday along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 200 miles from Huntsville.

A passenger armed with a rifle got out of the vehicle and began to verbally provoke the soldiers, police mentionned. Other soldiers entered from behind and arrested Hunter Chenoweth, 22, of De Queen.

state police said the driver of the van was a 25-year-old female, also from De Queen. The child under one year old was also in the van. The police said the woman was questioned and released.

state police identified the homicide victims as Tami Lynn Chenoweth, 51; James Stanley McGhee, 59; and Cheyene Chenoweth, 26. Authorities said the arrested man and those killed were related, but did not say how.

The child was placed in the care of the Department of Social Services.

Hunter Chenoweth was enrolled in the Washington County Detention Center on Wednesday. The prison records did not mention a lawyer who could speak on his behalf. state police say formal charges will be determined by the Madison County district attorney.


This story has been corrected to show that Huntsville is in northwest Arkansas, not northeast.

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