Mercer County Cheerleading Coach Accused Of Leaving Young Child In Car

Mercer County Cheerleading Coach Accused Of Leaving Young Child In Car

Mercer County High School cheerleading coach Tonya Barnard is accused of leaving her 2-year old daughter in her car unattended with an opened container of alcohol, according to a report in the Danville Advocate Messenger newspaper.
The Mercer County High School cheerleading coach was arrested February 28, 2014, for reportedly leaving her 2-year old daughter alone in her car with an open container of alcohol, according to report in the Danville Advocate Messenger newspaper.

According to the published report, school officials reportedly found the child in the driver's seat, with the keys in the ignition and the opened container of alcohol in the driver's side door.

The report said police arrived about 12:30 p.m., but Barnard wasn't found until around 1:00 p.m. when she came into the school office looking for her daughter.

Police said Barnard submitted to a Breathalyzer test and blew a .041.

The report said she was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and was lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center.

The newspaper reported the child was released to her father.

The Mercer County school district wouldn't comment on Barnard's position, according to the newspaper.

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