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Social Services notified & four arrested after off duty deputy investigates complaint in Laurel County

Laurel County, KY - Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Deputy John Inman along with Deputy Brandon Broughton, and Deputy Keith Dinsmore arrested 4 individuals on Wednesday night October 19, 2016 at approximately 7:30 PM.

Three of the arrests occurred at Walmart near Corbin in southern Laurel County and a fourth arrest occurred at a nearby fuel station after off duty Deputy John Inman was approached by a local citizen who recognized him to be a deputy, & advising him that he had observed a pregnant woman very bad under the influence inside Walmart.

Deputy Inman was able to locate the female subject inside the store and learned that she had arrived there in a 1998 red Chevrolet 4 door vehicle.

An investigation was conducted and the female subject was determined to be under the influence. Once outside the store, 2 backup on duty units (Deputy Brandon Broughton, and Deputy Keith Dinsmore) arrived at the scene to assist on the investigation.

The vehicle the female subject had arrived at the store in was located in the parking lot and two male subjects were found in the vehicle along with a baby in a car seat. The two male subjects were both determined to be under the influence. Pills were found within reach of the baby. Also pills and a syringe were found in the front of the vehicle.

Social services was notified and all three subjects there were arrested. The baby's father was one of the three arrested. The baby's mother was not present but was notified to come to the scene to pick up her baby, however she never arrived at the scene and relatives there advised that she probably would not show up to pick up the child due to outstanding warrants and an alleged substance abuse problem.

Deputies located the mother of the baby approximately 1/2 mile away at a nearby fuel station and determined that she was under the influence and had outstanding warrants. The baby was released to other relatives at the scene.

Those arrested are identified as:

  • The pregnant female subject originally investigated in Walmart – Jessica Marie Denton age 24 of Moore Hill Ave., Corbin - Charged with wanton endangerment – second-degree; public intoxication – controlled substances: and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, this subject was charged on a Laurel County bench warrant of arrest for failure to appear in court on charges of theft by unlawful taking – shoplifting.
  • The baby's father – Joshua Zachary Strunk age 31 of Lynn Acres Road, Corbin charged with wanton endangerment – second degree; public intoxication – controlled substances; and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, this subject was charged on a Laurel County bench warrant of arrest for failure to appear in court on numerous traffic violations.
  • Christopher Michael Wells age 37 of Hidden Valley St., Corbin charged with wanton endangerment – second-degree; public intoxication – controlled substances; and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition this subject was charged on a Knox County bench warrant of arrest charging failure to appear in court on charges of public intoxication – controlled substances and a second bench warrant of arrest from Knox District Court charging failure to appear in court on charges of Hindering prosecution or apprehension – second-degree.
  • The baby's mother was arrested at a fuel station approximately 1/2 mile away and identified as: Leann Lannen age 31 of Corn Cemetery Rd., London - charged with public intoxication – controlled substances. In addition this subject was charged on a Laurel County bench warrant of arrest for failure to appear in court on charges of public intoxication – controlled substances and disorderly conduct – second-degree. In addition, this subject was charged on a Laurel County bench warrant of arrest
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