A well-being check conducted at the residence of four children under 12 led to the arrest of an Evarts couple after police allegedly found uncapped needles and Suboxone strips in the home.
Sarah Bray, 31, and Charles Penny, 27, both of Evarts, were arrested Sunday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Hunter Luttrell.
According to the citations, police performed a welfare check on the residence where Bray, Penny and four children were residing. Police noticed on arrival there was no electricity to the residence. An electrical extension cord was run from a nearby trailer.
The citations also state the children were laying on a blanket in the kitchen with no mattress. The house was deemed unfit for children to live in by social services.
The citations further state police found uncapped hypodermic needles believed to have been used in an open drawer in the bottom of a cabinet. Suboxone strips were found on the floor within the reach of the children. It is unknown who used the needles and Suboxone strips.
The citation issued to Bray states she told police there were no needles in the house. Police then reached into a drawer containing uncapped needles.
Bray was charged with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, one count of first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer) and first-degree criminal abuse.
Penny was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree criminal abuse.
Bray and Penny were both lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
In other police news:
* Juanita Faye Couch, 23, of Cumberland, was arrested by Luttrell on Friday.
According to the citation, Couch was referred to social services by an anonymous caller. Upon arrival at the residence police found Couch had placed a needle and spoon inside an open bag on top of baby clothes and on top of the bed where her 6-month-old baby sleeps.
Couch was charged with second-degree criminal abuse of a child under 12 and second-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.
Couch was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $7,000 full cash bond;
* Travis White, 31, of Benham, was arrested by Cumberland Police Officer Cody Bargo on Saturday. White was charged with unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor and tampering with physical evidence. White was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond;
* Jessica Brock, 42, of Harlan, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Rodney Sturgill on Saturday on an indictment warrant. Brock was charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 bond secured by 10 percent.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde