Whitesburg KY

Mother left baby in car to buy phone, police say

A 24-year-old mother was arrested Monday after she left her two-month-old baby inside a car while she bought a cellular phone.

Kentucky State Police say Nancy Castle of Jackhorn left the baby in a car parked at the Whitesburg Plaza Shopping Center at Ermine while she went inside the Appalachian Wireless store to buy a phone at 12:52 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Trooper Brandon Thomas was patrolling the shopping center when a citizen heard the baby crying inside a Chevrolet Cavalier. The car was unlocked and a window was rolled down, according to the police citation. Castle came out of the store about five minutes after Thomas found the baby, according to the citation.

Castle was charged with firstdegree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor. The infant was taken into custody of the Department of Social Services.

After Castle was arrested, she was also served with an indictment warrant charging her with seconddegree hindering prosecution, receiving stolen property valued at more than $500, tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury charges that on or about July 7, 2010 Castle rendered assistance to her former spouse, Tony D. Johnson, who she knew was being sought in connection with the

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