Whitesburg KY

Breathitt mom held

The Associated Press


Authorities arrested a 22- year-old woman who allegedly left her 9-month-old child with a jail inmate who was cleaning an eastern Kentucky courthouse.

Stacey Johnson, 22, of Breathitt County, was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and public intoxication on Monday.

Powell County Sheriff ‘s Deputy Michael Kelso said Johnson left the child with the inmate at about 1 p.m. at the Powell County courthouse, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The inmate told Johnson she could not watch the child, but the mother left anyway, Kelso said.

Johnson was arrested about 15 minutes later inside the courthouse. She told deputies she was buying a soft drink and got lost.

Kelso said Johnson told deputies she had taken methamphetamine and Valium.

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