Two Frankfort parents are accused of criminal abuse after police say a young child in their care was in “extreme, unsafe living conditions.”
Jacob Lewis, 28, and 27-year-old Samantha Walls were officially charged Wednesday.
According to Lewis’ arrest citation, in March of last year he allegedly pointed a loaded SKS rifle at Walls and threatened to shoot her in front of the child. Walls reportedly denied that Lewis did this despite the fact that he admitted to police that he pointed the gun and threatened her.
The arrest report adds that the child was “observed to have urine matted in his hair and clothes along with dog feces being lodged in the child’s toenails.”
Officers executed search warrants at two residences — a Hickory Hills Apartments unit on Marlowe Court and a trailer on Holmes Street. They were “to the level of dirty that law enforcement contacted the city in both locations being health hazards,” per Lewis’ arrest report.
“Loaded firearms were located in both locations that were easily accessible to the child,” the citation states. “Both locations [also had] a substantial amount of bugs in which the child had numerous bites on his body.”
A detective allegedly located drug paraphernalia, prescription medication and glass on the floor, which could have harmed the child.
While at the scene, Child Protective Services petitioned for an Emergency Protective Order due to the extreme, unsafe living conditions for the child.
Lewis is charged with first-degree criminal abuse (child 12 or younger), a Class B felony; first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony; and fourth-degree assault (no visible injury), a Class A misdemeanor.
Walls is charged with first-degree criminal abuse (child 12 or younger), a Class B felony.
They are both lodged in the Franklin County Regional Jail. Bond has not yet been set in their cases.
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