Mother charged with assault, locking kids out in the cold rain

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 39-year-old Pikeville woman is charged with first-degree child abuse, abuse, assault and menacing after state troopers found her passed out on her bedroom floor and her two children, one only partially clothed, locked out of their home in the rain.

According to the Kentucky State Police, Holly Nicole Abshire was arrested at about 10 p.m. Monday after troopers were called to her home by a neighbor who came home from the store at about 9 p.m. and found two boys, one 6 and one 8, outside in the rain, according to arrest citations signed by Trooper Braxton Whitmore.

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Troopers went to the scene and learned the neighbor had taken the children into her home. When they looked through a window in Abshire’s residence, they saw her out on the floo, according to curt records

When they couldn’t rouse her by knocking on windows, they forced the door open and went in with Narcan, which counteracts overdoes.

But as they were about to apply it, she awakened and started yelling obscenities and struggling with the troopers, the court papers say.

Whitmore and Trooper Dustin Thompson finally used a pepper spray to get her under control and handcuffed, the troopers said.

The woman who made the initial call said when she found the two boys, one was not wearing shoes or a shirt and they were shivering in the cold rain. According to the arrest papers, the boys said Abshire was “sick from medicine” and that’s among the reasons she harmed them. The oldest boy had what troopers described as marks from being abused.

Abshire was not still listed Tuesday afternoon as being in the Pike County Detention Center.