Mother of child left at McDonald's charged with trafficking methamphetamine
The mother of the 4-year-old left at McDonald’s in Corbin last week had reportedly give custody of the boy to his grandmother as she was not in a position to properly care for him.
The mother, whom Corbin Police say is Victoria Day, 22, Corbin, was one of two people arrested Tuesday for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine and she reportedly had a 2-year-old with her at the time.
According to Major Rob Jones, the department’s public affairs officer, a confidential informant working with the police purchased methamphetamine from Day and Joshua Walters, 24, of Artemus. The couple was arrested Tuesday evening in the parking lot of Walgreens at the intersection of U.S. 25 and Ky. 26.
“Walters entered into the Walgreen’s Store and had concealed $39.99 dollars worth of merchandise and left the store without paying when officers arrested him for the trafficking charges,” Jones stated.
Officers recovered an unspecified amount of methamphetamine and marijuana and Suboxone pills at the time of the arrest.
The 2-year-old, whom Jones identified as a family member of Day was taken into protective custody by social services.
Day was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, public intoxication – controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Walters was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, shoplifting, controlled substance prescription not in proper container and endangering the welfare of a minor. In addition, Walters had a bench warrant.
Day is being held in the Whitley County Detention Center on a $20,000 cash bond and must wear an ankle bracelet monitor if she is released.
Walters is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.
Both are scheduled to appear in Whitley District Court at 1 p.m. Tuesday for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is probable cause to present the case to a Whitley County Grand Jury.
The 4-year-old’s grandmother, Joanne Lowe, 62, who was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor after he was found wandering alone at the restaurant on U.S. 25W, is also scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
Police were called to the scene when restaurant employees noticed the boy appeared be be lost.
Ralph Rogers, pastor at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Corbin, where Lowe and the child attend services, said it was a mistake that occurred when another child with Lowe got injured. In all of the confusion, the child was left behind.
The charge is a misdemeanor, carrying a potential sentence of up to one year in jail.
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