The parents of a 5-year-old child were arrested Monday after police said the student brought a syringe in his backpack to James A. Cawood Elementary School.
Kentucky State Police troopers Craig Miller and James Earl Hensley arrested Jacqueline S. Skidmore, 29, and Joshua Holden, 30, both of Harlan. They were charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.
Miller said the arrests were made after he responded to James A. Cawood Elementary School in reference to a syringe being located in the child’s backpack by a teacher.
“I made contact with the school principal, James Clem. Mr. Clem said teachers had located the syringe in the student’s backpack. Mr. Clem had the backpack in his office,” Miller said. “I took pictures of the backpack and pictures of where the syringe was located in the backpack. Mr. Clem said the student advised that his mother had placed the syringe in his backpack to hide it from his daddy. Trooper Hensley and I went to Ms. Skidmore’s residence to question her about the syringe being in the child’s backpack. Ms. Skidmore stated that she had no idea that the syringe was there. She said she did not use drugs.”
Miller said the mother and father were asked about the syringe. He said both parents stated they didn’t know how the syringe ended up in the backpack.
Skidmore and Holden were lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.