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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Clark County woman is behind bars, after police charged her with the wanton endangerment of her five children.

Officers say they went to a home on Oliver Street after a complaint.  Police say they arrived at the house to find the door ajar, with three children alone in the front room.  Investigating further, officers say they eventually found the mother, Esther Johnson, passed out on the top of a fourth child.  Police say Johnson was intoxicated and had urinated on herself.

A fifth child was located about a mile away.  Investigators say that child told them that Johnson had attempted to suffocate her and another child with a pillow.

Johnson was arrested and charged with assault and wanton endangerment.

The children were placed with social services.

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