|Neal and Jesse Eldridge
Neal and Jesse Eldridge are two young men on trial. For over ten years,
they suffered severe physical, emotional, and psychological abuse at the hands
of their father. It ended the day they shot and killed him. Now Neal and Jesse
are charged, as adults, with first degree murder; they face the possibility of life
in prison. All this because Arkansas Department of Health Services, DHS, did
nothing to step in and save these young lives.
On January 24th, 1998, Rick Eldridge was supposed to take his sons, Neal
and Jesse, to “Buckarama”, a deer hunting show at the Little Rock Expo Center.
Before they left that morning, Rick caught the two teens smoking cigarettes. He
told them they could not go to “Buckarama”(“Neal & Jesse Eldridge: Child
Abuse Tragedy” 1), then tried to suffocate them. “Neal said his father picked
him up and threw him headfirst into a wall” (Haddigan 1). As he left, Rick told
Neal and Jesse that when he returned “he would b...