Sheriff: Two Charged With Endangering Children

Two people are behind bars after the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office said they endangered the welfare of three minors.

According to deputies, they responded to a mobile home on Sunday after they received a 911 call about a child sleeping on a couch outside the home.

When deputies arrived, they said they found a 12-year-old sleeping underneath an overturned couch outside.

Deputies said the door to the mobile home was wide open and two more children, ages 10 and 7, were sleeping on the floor. Deputies said they had cockroaches crawling all over them.

Deputies said they could not find any adults in the home. They said there was little food, no running water, no electricity and no furniture in the home.

The Sheriff said the children had been left alone for five hours and they called Social Services to the scene to take custody of the children.

While deputies waited for social services to arrive, Michelle Russell, 29. and Jerry Russell, 24 returned home. Deputies said the car they were driving had a strong smell of marijuana. They said they searched the car and found a marijuana pipe inside.

The Russells were arrested and booked into the Laurel County Detention Center.

An ambulance was called to the scene to check on the children. The sheriff said the children are now in the custody of social services.

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