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Couple arrested after man saws own leg off in front of 5-year-old daughter
Couple arrested after man saws own leg off in front of 5-year-old daughter (Boone County Sheriff's Office)

WARNING: Some may find details of this story disturbing.

BOONE COUNTY, Ark. (WKRC) - Police arrested an Arkansas couple in a horrific case of domestic violence and child endangerment.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office says on Aug. 2, it received a report of a man with an amputated leg.

Responding deputies say they were called to a residence, where they found 48-year-old Shannon Cox lying in front of the building naked.

He was quickly airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Deputies say they followed a trail of blood at the scene to a large chop saw, with the detached limb on top of it.

Further investigation revealed that he had used the saw to cut off part of his right leg, and that his five-year-old daughter was present when it happened.

While his wife, Sandy Cox, was not home at the time, she apparently told detectives that he had been acting strangely that day.

According to court documents, she reported that Shannon had been verbally, but not physically abusive towards her.

"Sandy said he was telling her that he was Jesus Christ and that she needed to get right with the lord. Sandy said he then became violent towards her and said he was Satan," the affidavit reads. "He told Sandy that he was going to twist her head off and continued to make verbal threats."

Officials say she left the residence that night to stay with a friend because she was afraid for her life.

"When I asked Sandy why she didn't take her daughter with her, she said she was worried about Shannon killing her and wasn't worried about her daughter," the affidavit continues.

The little girl apparently did confirm she was home during the incident, but was in too much shock to continue with the interview.

Shannon and Sandy are charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. Both were released on a $10,000 bond.


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