Attorney hints plea agreement may be reached in child abuse case

Photo: Jennifer Uren

A woman facing charges of permitting child abuse appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.

Thirty-six-year-old Jennifer Uren and her estranged husband, Bradley Uren, were both arrested March 6.

Bradley Uren has been charged with three counts of rape.

Photo: Bradley Uren

Mountain Home attorney Matt Stone represents Jennifer Uren. He told the court he was having productive discussions with prosecutors and felt something might be worked out in the case by the time his client reappears Oct. 1. If necessary, her trial is now scheduled for Oct. 12

The court has sealed information on the specifics of what the two are alleged to have done — or not done – to bring about the charges against them.

In an affidavit seeking an order of protection to keep her husband away from her, Jennifer Uren said the couple’s three children were in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services because her husband “had molested the girls.”

Bradley Uren is a registered sex offender. His records show he will be required to register during his lifetime, after being convicted of sexual battery in August 2005.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office website, the sex offender status stemmed from an incident in another state involving a then 18-year-old Bradley Uren and a 14-year-old female.

Bradley Uren was convicted of encouraging the juvenile female to come to his house, where he was reported to have forced her to remove her clothing at knifepoint.

Bradley Uren has also filed a petition for an order of protection against Jennifer Uren.

He accuses his estranged wife of a number of wrongs, including wanting to sell one of their children to relatives of hers for $10,000. He alleges his wife and unnamed individuals “have a conspiracy” to get him “out of the picture.”

He reports she has been violent with him, associates with convicted criminals and has threatened to “find someone to take care of me.”

Jennifer Uren alleges her estranged husband has hit her several times, tried to break her arm, and threatened her life and the lives of the couple’s children.

She accused her husband of having “peek holes” in the Gassville home they shared at the time enabling him to watch “every move” made by his wife and children.

Jennifer Uren filed for divorce Aug. 14.

She is free on $5,000 bond. Bradley Uren remains in the Baxter County Detention Center, with bond set at $100,000.

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