LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) — Lauren County deputies arrested two women during a traffic stop after they found a newborn baby on the floor of the vehicle Tuesday night, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies say they pulled over the minivan on Old Richmond Road for traffic violations and citations.
The sheriff’s office says 69-year-old Charolette Simpson, of London, was driving and had a warrant out for her arrest. The passenger, 32-year-old Rebecca Fultz, of London, also had a warrant.
Deputies say when they tried to get Fultz out the van, she resisted arrest.
They say after both were out of vehicle, Simpson then told deputies a baby was inside.
Deputies found the 16-day-old baby on the back floorboard in a soiled diaper, ants on its face, and had labored breathing, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies say Simpson is the baby’s grandmother and Fultz is the mother. The baby was taken to the hospital and is doing a lot better, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies also noted the air conditioning was not working in the van and it was a very hot day.
They found clothes with human feces on them inside the van, bugs, bags of trash, and a large flat-screen TV that if they had braked suddenly the TV could’ve posed a hazard for the baby on the floor.
Simpson and Fultz are both charged with criminal abuse in the 1st degree. Fultz is additionally charged with menacing and resisting arrest.
Both were taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.