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Teen Shoots Foster Dad
Flees to Real Mom
August 14, 2013 permalink
A teenager in Arkansas is in police custody after shooting his foster father Arthur Joyce three times. The boy fled to his real mother.
Teen In Custody For Shooting Foster Parent
(Earle, AR) A manhunt has ended in Crittenden County, Ark., for a teenager who police say shot his foster father.
The shooting happened this morning on Shannonville Road near Earle.
Arthur Joyce, 47, was shot three times was flown to The MED where his condition is unknown.
The 17-year-old reportedly went to his biological mother’s home in Forrest City.
The mother then called police.
Investigators believed the teen to be armed and on foot.
Source: WREG Memphis
Addendum: A later story named the foster boy as Steven Billups.
Family: Teen who shot foster parent was not on medication
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South teen will be charged as an adult for shooting his foster father in Earle, Arkansas.
Arthur Joyce, the foster parent, is still at The Med Monday, according to the family.
The teen accused of shooting him made his first court appearance Monday morning in Crittenden County. His biological mother spoke out.
"He's been in foster care. He hasn't been on any of his medication," said the mother, Anita Billups.
Billups says her son, Steven, is bipolar and suffers from ADHD. Investigators say the 17-year-old shot his foster father three times over money he felt he did not get paid for work.
The Crittenden County Sheriff's department searched for Billups for three hours. Anita said he hid out in an abandoned house in Earle.
"He was texting me on the phone and stuff. He was trying to tell me where he was at in Earle," she said.
She says he was scared.
Billups says she and her family drove to Earle and picked her son up. They brought him to Forrest City and took him to the Forrest City police department.
Anita Billups said both of her sons were sent to foster care when she became homeless more than a year ago after their house burned.
Relatives called the state saying she was not taking care of her children.
Billups says her son is on his medication now that he is behind bars.
Joyce's son says his father is doing well here at the MED. He said he is up and walking around and should be released soon.
Source: WMC-TV 5 Memphis