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Woman indicted for child neglect

Monday, February 18, 2008

A woman was arrested Friday after she was indicted on a charge of child neglect.

Alma Delia-Campos Rice, 38, 404 N. King Ave., is in the Dyer County Jail on a $3,500 bond after she was taken into custody without incident.

The Dyer County Grand Jury last week had secretly indicted Rice.

Rice was jailed at 9:10 p.m. and released at 9:50 p.m., jail records show.

According to reports, the indictment was prepared for an August 2007 incident in which Rice reported an 18-month-old child had been abducted when her vehicle was stolen from Parker Plaza.

When investigators arrived, the child was reported found at Rice's house at 807 Flicker Dr., where Rice had left the boy. The black pickup truck was found parked behind the liquor store in the shopping center.

The police report details officers found the house "unclean from the lower level to the upper level ... there were clothes, food and toys scattered on the floor in almost every room. The kitchen and dishes appeared not to have been washed in several days. Scrap food had been left on the tables and counters which appeared to have been there for several days also."

The child was found in a bedroom. The report said he was "very lethargic" and dried blood with "marks that resembled track marks from needles" were on his body. A syringe was found "with bright fresh red blood in it."

The report said there were several glass vials of liquid medication and prescription bottles on a dresser and headboard. In the bed under the covers, the report said, was a glass vial filled with an off-white powder, and there were several more glass vials with a substance on the headboard. A .45-caliber handgun was found in a headboard drawer, with a loaded clip nearby.

The child was transported to Dyersburg Regional Medical Center.

Rice was questioned by Child Protective Services and DPD investigators about the incident, but the report said she appeared drugged and making no sense.

Rice currently is a licensed nurse, according to the state's medical licensing Web site.

Police said Rice was unable to be charged with a criminal act at the time, though Pathways was notified to admit Rice for a mental evaluation.

According to the report, Pathways "declared that Alma was not a danger to herself, and did not need to be transported for a mental evaluation."

Rice ran from the hospital, the report said, and left in another vehicle before she could be checked out.

A week later, the report said, a local physician told investigators the marks on the child were made with a needle. The child tested positive for the painkiller and anesthetic drug Nalbuphine, the report said.

A neighborhood witness told police Rice, who was holding the 18-month-old, had been outside earlier that day screaming that the five-year-old child who lived there was missing.

The witness said she asked since it was after 8 a.m., if Rice had remembered taking the child to school. The report said Rice then "became calm," said "yes," and walked into the house.

Officers verified the five-year-old was in school.

After investigators discussed the case with District Attorney General Phil Bivens, the report said, the indictment was prepared.

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I am outraged at what this woman has done. You have to wonder how many other times this has happened to her kids and what kind of past she has? Have they even checked? I am sure that our local DA will re-evaluate or add more to those charges and make sure this woman gets what she deserves for preying on an innocent baby!! Neglect doesnt even begin to describe this horrendous act!!

-- Posted by annonindburg on Mon, Feb 18, 2008, at 2:15 PM

this is horrific, this woman needs alot of corrective sentencing and punishment. Definately is in no state of mind to be raising a child, why can 't people like that just give their kids to a good home? i hope she gets more than child neglect. how about child endangerment too and what was she charged with about giving a child painkillers with a needle? as a mother of four, this woman disgust me.

-- Posted by tata720 on Mon, Feb 18, 2008, at 8:58 PM

Great Mom! She's damaged these poor kids for life - because she a druged out loser. Where's the Daddy? Oh - I forgot...probably not paying his child support - or just as bad as she is.....PLEASE....take these kids away from her and throw her in prison. No sympathy for her here! Licensed nurse????? Are you kidding me????? Where she was working better check the med closet!

-- Posted by Hogmom on Mon, Feb 18, 2008, at 11:21 PM

When I read this story I honestly felt sick .

The thought of those children that diden't ask to be brought into this ,already Hard,world, To be treated that way and cast aside like objects .Instead of haveing a mommy that would take them for icecream they have a "person" that chooses drugs over THEM! Then on top of that she forces

her life mistakes on her innocent children. This brings tears to my eyes and pain to my heart to see what this world has come to.Myself ,I'm olny 21 years wise ,but In what time I've been around I know that NO child should be exposed to ANYTHING like that. I'm not one to judge anyone but in this case,in my eyes, she should get ALOT MORE than just child neglect.What about the drugs that she apparently used on them, what kind of effects is that going to cause later in life ,if not already? This is where our legal system needs to make an example out of "'persons" like her and maby we ,together, can put a stop to hurting our children, becuse they are our tomorrow.

-- Posted by Michelle21 on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 1:24 AM

this is a total discusting story.im glad these children are out of harms way now.but i have to comment on what hogmom said.after years of experience on dad's and child support it makes me angry that one of the first things that she says is something about the father and not paying child support.until you know for a true fact this father isnt paying c.s. dont just assume he's not.c.s. might be one of the ways she bought hers drugs.you'll never know.

-- Posted by snooks on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 6:04 AM

Horrific!, disgusting, horrendous. Absolutely! But, these words describe the act, not the person, necessarily. One only has to read the description of Ms. Rice during this period of time to realize there is, or has been, something terribly wrong in her own life. Drugs and the easy access to them are ruining our society. I'm not excusing the reported events that took place with these children, but I also know that, I too, sometimes become too critical without thought of the real facts and the "why" of a situation. I personally know this lady and know that she is trying to turn her life around. Will she suffer the consequences of her acts? Absolutely! She already is!! I remember an event in the life of Christ when one was brought to Him caught in an act of sin. His answer to her accusers; "let him without sin cast the first stone"

-- Posted by Dybgtaxpayer on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 6:59 AM

What a loser I have nothing to say I'm sick

-- Posted by onemorebet on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 7:49 AM

that is a very small bond for such a sick act of evil

-- Posted by mark&joy on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 4:52 PM

Once again our great city of Dyersburg will release her I am sure with court counseling, she probally out anyway with such a low bond great justice for these children huh???

-- Posted by cacy101 on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 2:18 PM

This is for Dybgtaxpayer-

Get a clue! Please don't use the Lord's words to excuse this woman or yourself. And when are people like you going to stop talking about monsters as if they are victims? This woman CHOSE TO USE DRUGS!!! Society did not make her do anything, least of all drug her own babies!!! The only victims in this world are the one who are victimized by trash like this woman! We all have choices and must be held accountable. If you know this woman so well, how can you think that she is trying in anyway to turn her life around? Are you blind? Also, if you know so much about this situation then where were you when this baby was being injected and neglected? Were you there to save them? Were you on the phone with the police trying to protect this baby and the sibling?

Trash and evil are just trash and evil. These children deserve to have your outrage at their mother's atrocities, not your bleeding heart understanding of her as some poor victim of society. I hope these kids never have to lay eyes on their so called mother again. I pray that they will find a decent and loving home and forget the nightmare they started in. And, Mr. D.A., There is WAY more to this than child neglect. I'm sure you can come up with enough to keep her out of the way for a long time.

-- Posted by izzy on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 11:02 AM

Oh my God!! If this "woman" works in a hospital; please tell me which one so I can avoid her like The Plague!!!

-- Posted by misshellfire on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 5:08 PM

What a disqusting story, my heart goes out to those children. What I don't understand is how could she not be charged with a criminal act, even if she didn't do it, she is a nurse, she knew what those marks where, and didnt seek help for her baby, that just tells me she did it. How could a mother inject her child or any child with painkillers & Nalbuphine , I hate to think about a child not being without their parents, but with a mother like that those children don't have a chance. I hope that after this she loses her license and will never be able to nurse again. God help those children. I hope the DA makes an example out of her for what will happen if you hurt child.

-- Posted by Southernbelle on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 6:08 PM

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