Huthmaker John RichardHuthmaker ColleenDetectives with the Benton Police Department were notified early Thursday, Aug. 18 of a suspected child abuse case. The detectives are working jointly with the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division on the on-going investigation.

Benton school officials notified Benton Police Department School Resource officers, and the Arkansas State Police through the state child abuse hotline of the suspected child abuse of a 9-year-old boy. After being notified by the ASP, Criminal Investigation Division detectives at the Benton Police Department interviewed 49-year-old John Richard Huthmaker and his wife 37-year-old Colleen Huthmaker.

The alleged incident reportedly took place about 7 a.m. Thursday inside the Huthmaker’s home in Benton. After the interviews with detectives, John Richard Huthmaker was taken into custody and transported to the Saline County Detention Center. He faces a charge of 2nd degree Battery, class C felony.

Colleen Huthmaker was also transported to the Saline County Detention Center and faces a charge of Permitting Child Abuse, a class D felony.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS.  Individuals also may send us an anonymous crime tip about this incident to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to to leave a tip.  A crime tip can also be submitted via the official Benton Police Department app found on ITunes and Google Play.

Any suspects listed are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty

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