LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
While the focus of Christmas is usually centered on children, the holiday weekend resulted in the arrests of three persons for endangering their children and a grandfather facing charges for abuse.
In unrelated incidents, two mothers and a father were housed in the Laurel County Detention Center following incidents in which their children were placed in danger by the parents’ actions.
On Sunday night, Dec. 22, Laurel County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brett Reeves responded to a call about a one-vehicle accident on Ky. 472 (Johnson Road), three miles east of London, around 11:15 p.m. Reeves found a black Toyota Tacoma that had hit a tree head-on, and a man standing in the middle of the road with a 2-year-old child in his arms. The child had no diaper or clothing on the lower half of the body.
Bryan A. Cox, 31, of Middlesboro, told Reeves he had taken Lorcet before driving with the child.
He was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, second-degree wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor, failure to use a child restraint device in a vehicle, no insurance card, and not wearing a seat belt.
Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County was called to the scene to transport the child to Saint Joseph London for examination and treatment.
The second incident took place on Monday night, Dec. 23, around 6:41 p.m. when Deputy Daniel Grigsby went to West Laurel Road, six miles west of London, after receiving a complaint involving a minor child.
Witnesses at the scene said a woman had put her 10-year-old child out of the vehicle and drove off, leaving the child behind. Witnesses said they were driving east toward London and saw the child standing in the road. Another witness said a truck had to swerve to keep from hitting the child.