The Magnolia Reporter says Margie Williams, who lived with the couple, gave police consent to search the home, where they found the bloody bassinet with rodent footprints, rodent droppings and blood-soaked clothing.
The young couple is in jail, and their 2-week old daughter is hospitalized with more than 100 rodent bites on her arms, body, face and fingers.
She was later taken to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, where doctors performed a facial reconstruction surgery to address a large wound to her forehead.
Later on, the infant was transferred to Arkansas Children's Hospital. Barton said Charles told her the baby had been bitten by a mouse and he told her he was afraid the baby would be taken away.
When Shryock and Elliot were questioned, they admitted to being aware that their home was infested with rats.
According to the reports, the mother told the cops that she laid her child to sleep at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. Elliott, the baby's teen dad, said that he even saw bloody rat footprint in the crib. "What they never realize is they are not a parent or they could never do this to their baby", another added.
ArkansasMatters.com reported the couple admitted they knew there were rats in the house but the pair did nothing about it.
Both parents allegedly acknowledged knowing about the rodent infestation but told police they did nothing to abate the problem.
After an authorized check of the residence, the police saw a bassinet by the living room from the bedroom.
A doctor at Arkansas Children's Hospital said the baby suffered severe skin deconstruction "from rat feeding", and that it would have taken hours for the injuries to occur, according to television station KSLA. The patient is considered in distress while it was all happening, with the baby's caregivers not present or unable to respond to the situation.
On Monday, the child underwent facial reconstructive surgery to fix the wound to her head.
Teenage parents Shyrock and Elliott are now detained at the Columbia County Justice and Detention Facility.