2 jailed in connection to sexual abuse of toddler

    Mark Martin (left) and Gadel Bigham (right) were jailed after an investigation into the sexual abuse of a 3-year-old. (Photo courtesy: Stone County Sheriff's Office)

    A man and woman were jailed in Stone County in connection to the sexual abuse of a 3-year-old boy.

    Mark Martin, 21, of Mountain View was arrested for two counts of rape and sexual indecency with a child.

    On July 31, the sheriff's department received an allegation of sexual abuse. Investigators with the department and the Arkansas State Police Crimes against Children Division interviewed Martin, who they say confessed to having sexual contact with the victim on at least two occasions.

    Authorities say a witness also came forward stating that Gadel Bigham of Independence County had been assisting in the crime.

    Bigham was taken in for questioning and later jailed after authorities said she confessed to assisting Martin in the rape and sexual assault of the victim and threatening the witness if anything was said. She was charged with two counts of rape, one count of intimidating a witness and being an accomplice.

    Both suspect's bonds were set at $100,000 each.

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