By Carol Mills
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
In a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 9, the charge of abandonment of a minor for the mother of two young children was reduced.
Joyce A. Blanton, 35, of Cornett Subdivision Road in London pled guilty in a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court to endangering the welfare of a minor and public intoxication of a controlled substance excluding alcohol.
She was fined $184 and was unconditionally discharged from receiving any jail time.
Blanton’s arrest came October 3 after Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies received a call about two underage children who had been abandoned.
Deputy Greg Turner, Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, and Deputy Robbie Grimes went to the residence in Cornett Subdivision, five miles south of London, around 9 p.m. after receiving the call. They began checking with neighbors and learned that the children, whose ages were not identified, were two homes away. The persons in that home said the children had been there since 3:45 p.m. and did not know the whereabouts of the children’s mother.
Deputies checked with the children’s grandmother, who said Blanton was allegedly out looking for her children. However, once Blanton was located two residences away from her own home, her version of where she had been was questionable and had conflicting statements, and deputies determined that she was under the influence of controlled substances.
Social Services was called to the scene and the children were released to the grandmother and Blanton was placed under arrest and taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.