In a story that could be classified as “WTF”, or as I like to say, “What is this guy thinking?”, Izard County Sheriff’s Department in Arkansas announced the arrest of an Oxford, AR man for a number of acts of violence to include attempting to force his own Hepatitis C-tainted blood down the mouth of a child.

James Edward Filchak Image/Izard County Sheriff's Office
James Edward Filchak
Image/Izard County Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff’s Dept. said the following about the incidents on Monday:

James Edward Filchak, age 41 of Oxford was arrested around midnight February 25 on charges of endangering the  welfare of a minor-three counts, domestic battering third degree-three counts, and resisting arrest.  Deputies were dispatched to an Oxford residence where a domestic assault was in progress. A 12 year old boy stated to officers that Filchak had beaten his mom.

The victim, appearing visibly upset and stated that Filchak had hit her. Filched was advised that he was under arrest and which time Filchak stated he was not going to jail. Filchak locked his body in the setting position and refused to comply with the orders of Deputy Sollock but was cuffed and placed in the patrol car.

It was also determined that three children ages 12 to 15 was present when the assault occurred and that Filchak had hit one the children leaving marks on her face and arms. It was also reported that Filchak took blood from a small scratch on his arm and attempted to put some of it in one of the child’s mouth and that “Filchak has been diagnosed with hepatitis “C”.    

Filchak is also accused of throwing a coffee can at a male child but missed him then went up  and slapped the male child on the back of the head. Filchak remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $5,000 bond.

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected.

Hepatitis C can be either “acute” or “chronic.” Acute Hepatitis C virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the Hepatitis C virus. For most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection. Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems, or even death.