A man and a woman are facing multiple charges including endangering the welfare of a child after police received a complaint a small child had been wandering around the area without an adult.
Fred Jones, 60, of Loyall, was arrested by Loyall City Police Officer Mitch Alford on Tuesday.
Sherry Jones, 56, of Loyall, was arrested by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford on Tuesday.
According to the citations, police received a complaint that a 5-year-old child had gone to a person’s house in Loyall and had been walking the street without an adult. The child had a bottle of over the counter sleeping pills in his pocket.
The child told police his grandmother, Sherry Jones, gave him one of the pills to take a nap and he took another one also. The child appeared drowsy, and advised that his papaw would not open the door and he could not contact his grandmother and was alone, so he went to someone’s house.
Lunsford went to Sherry Jones’ residence and asked her about the whereabouts of her grandson. She said the child was at his grandfather’s. Alford went to Fred Jones’ residence and asked him if he knew where his grandson was. Fred Jones stated his grandson was in the yard playing and he had just seen the child moments earlier.
Police said the child had been at police headquarters for approximately one hour when Alford made contact with Fred Jones. Fred Jones had an odor of alcohol coming from his person and advised that he had been drinking mouth wash and took a nap.
Sherry Jones told police she had just gotten the child off the school bus. Lunsford explained the bus had run hours earlier. The child was taken to Harlan ARH Hospital to be checked out.
Fred and Sherry Jones were both charged with endangering the welfare of a child and first-degree wanton endangerment and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
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