Two charged in sex as­sault of boy, 3

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

MOUN­TAIN VIEW — An In­de­pen­dence County woman who po­lice say was an ac­com­plice in the sex­ual as­sault of a 3-year-old boy was charged with two counts of rape, be­ing an ac­com­plice to the as­sault and in­tim­i­dat­ing a wit­ness, au­thor­i­ties said.

Gadel Shai Bigham, 21, of Batesville, told Stone County in­ves­ti­ga­tors that she was in a room when Mark Wayne Martin, 21, of Stone County, sex­u­ally as­saulted the tod­dler, an ar­rest af­fi­davit filed in Stone County Cir­cuit Court in­di­cated.

Martin was charged with two counts of rape and one count of sex­ual in­de­cency with a child.

Each is be­ing held in the Stone County jail in Moun­tain View in lieu of $100,000 bond.

The ar­rest af­fi­davit, filed by Stone County sher­iff in­ves­ti­ga­tor Justin Meeks, said Bigham told au­thor­i­ties that she held the 3-year-old’s arms while Martin as­saulted him on at least one oc­ca­sion.

A young wit­ness told po­lice of see­ing two peo­ple “do­ing things” to the vic­tim, Meeks wrote in his af­fi­davit. The wit­ness said Bigham threat­ened to harm him and do the “same things” to him that were done to the 3-yearold boy.

Deputies ar­rested Bigham on Aug. 4.

Martin told au­thor­i­ties he had as­saulted the boy April 15 and July 18. He said he would watch the child when the young­ster’s par­ents were at work.

Meeks wrote in the af­fi­davit that Martin said his ac­tions “did feel good to him” and that he knew his ac­tions were wrong.

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