By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
An alarm complaint played a key role in getting a toddler into safe hands after its father was found passed out in the floor.
The saga involving 27-year-old Nicholas C. Rodgerson’s arrest began around 5:20 p.m. Friday when Laurel Dispatch sent Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Berry to answer a panic alarm on Vanzant Road, eight miles south of London. But even while Berry was en route, another alarm was received.
Arriving at the residence, Berry knocked on the door to check on the subjects inside. However, there was no response to his knocks at the door. Looking inside, Berry saw a small child crawling under a Christmas tree and then noticed a male subject lying unresponsive in the floor.
Berry knocked on the door again and finally succeeded in rousing the man so he would get up and answer the door. But when the door was opened, Berry instantly smelled the odor of alcoholic beverages on 27-year-old Nicholas C. Rodgerson, who also exhibited slurred speech and could not balance himself. Rodgerson told Berry that he had drank several beers and some liquor prior to Berry’s arrival.
Berry determined that the 21-month-old child was being neglected by the intoxicated father while no other adults were present to care for her, and placed Rodgerson under arrest for endangering the welfare of a minor.
Social Services were called to the scene and the child was released to her mother who was also called to the scene.
Rodgerson, of Forest Springs Drive in London, was lodged in the Laurel Detention Center.
Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter assisted in the investigation into this incident.