Two children dead after missing pickup truck pulled from pond

PARON, AR (KARK) — Two young children are dead after a truck was found in a pond Wednesday evening, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) said, and two adults are being charged in their deaths.
Shortly after 10 p.m., The deputies with the SCSO were called to the 16000 block of Highway 298 in Paron in reference to a missing pick-up truck with two children inside.
While deputies were en route, they were told the truck was actually in a pond near that address.
At that point, the Fire Department and EMS were also called to the scene.
Two children, a 2-year-old girl and a 6-month-old boy, were found and medical treatment immediately began.
The SCSO has not released where the children were exactly found, or their condition at the time of discovery, but both children later died.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) were called to the scene.
Two people have been arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the 1st Degree, a Class D Felony.
The arrested suspects have been identified as:
  • Jonathan Daniel Welborn, 30, of Benton
  • Brittany Nichole Hairston, 26, of Benton
Their place of residence is listed in the 16000 block of Thomas Loop Road.
This investigation is active and more details will be released as they come available. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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