Children allegedly left home alone


Harlan woman charged with burglary

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



James Forester


Tammy Blanton


A man and woman are facing multiple charges, including criminal abuse of a child, after allegedly leaving children alone at home where the children could possibly access drugs.

Tammy Blanton, 35, and James Forester, 38, both of Totz, were arrested on Wednesday by Kentucky State Trooper Kenny Abner.

According to the citations, Blanton and Forester left three children in a situation that may cause serious physical injury by leaving them home alone. Drugs were in the home which could be accessed by the children. One of the children, a 12-year-old male, went next door and called police. The child advised police he and his siblings had been left home alone.

The citation issued to Forester additionally states he had a prescription bottle which called for six hydrocodone pills. The bottle contained 26 Lortab pills. He also possessed a partial marijuana cigarette, drug paraphernalia, rolling papers and a paper receipt rolled up with drug residue on it.

Blanton was charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a child and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

Forester was charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a child, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and prescription controlled substance not in proper container. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

In other police activity:

• Tina Britt, 45, of Harlan, was arrested on Tuesday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Philip Ely.

According to the arrest warrant, Britt entered a residence and took $148 in cash from a person in the residence with the intent to deprive the person of their property.

Britt was charged with second-degree burglary and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center;

• Jackie Wayne Duff, 31, of Harlan, was served an indictment warrant by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Freeman on Wednesday. Duff was indicted for two counts of flagrant non-support. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on an unsecured bonds totaling $2,000;

• Phillip Skidmore, 43, of Cranks, was served an indictment warrant by Harlan County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Cope on Tuesday. Skidmore was indicted for first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving, failure to wear seat belts, improper registration, speeding, prescription controlled substance not in original container, possession of drug paraphernalia and persistent felony offender II. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center;

• Joshua Burkhart, 31, of Loyall, was served an indictment warrant by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Winston Yeary on Thursday. He was indicted for first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, trafficking in legend drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

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James Forester
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Tammy Blanton
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Harlan woman charged with burglary

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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