CASH, Ark. – A man whose child was killed by being put in scalding hot water and then the dryer was recently arrested for several counts of endangering the welfare of minors and meth.
Cody McKellar, 24, of Cash, is charged with 4 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the 3rd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth), and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $75,000.
His brother, Jason Lee McKellar, 30, of Cash, AR is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth) and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $25,000.
Back on May 29, 2018, a search warrant was executed at 1021 Ritch Road in Cash as part of the investigation into the death of Cody’s 1-month-old daughter, Caseleigh. A release from Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office said the living conditions were deplorable and not fit or safe for the three children living in the house. Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division and the Arkansas Department of Human Services were called and responded that day. They took custody of the children. McKellar was arrested during this period for endangering the welfare of a minor.
Little Caseleigh died after authorities say her mother, Tyra Neal, 25, of Cash, put the baby in scalding hot water because she had diarrhea. The baby was found in the dryer. Neal is facing a second-degree murder charge.
Once authorities finished investigating the gruesome case, an affidavit was filed on June 27th and a warrant for four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the 3rd Degree was issued on Cody McKellar. He was arrested on the evening hours of July 3rd. The release said he was in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Cody’s brother, Jason Lee McKellar, was apparently at the location during the execution of the warrant. The release said he was in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and found himself under arrest, as well.