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Intoxicated mother accused of leaving daughters home alone

Jeff Bobo • Oct 6, 2009 at 12:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — Police say a Hawkins County mother arrested on a public intoxication charge early Tuesday morning failed to inform her arresting officer or jailers that her two young children were home alone.

About 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a disturbance at 883 Old Union Road just outside of Church Hill.

Cpl. Michael Price stated in his report that upon his arrival he found Jessica Dawn Pearson, 29, 929 Old Union Road, Lot 21, Church Hill, standing on the porch of the residence at 883 Old Union Road.

Price said Pearson appeared to be under the influence and was unsteady on her feet, disoriented and had slurred speech.

Pearson was taken into custody on a charge of public intoxication by Deputy Tony Spitzer, who also responded to the complaint.

“Due to Pearson’s high level of intoxication she was unable to answer the jail staff’s booking questions,” Price said. “ A number for her mother, Jerry Pearson, was located. At this time (Jerry Pearson) informed the jail staff that Jessica had two small children who should have been with her at her residence.”

Price said he went to Jessica Pearson’s home and met Pearson’s mother, who had just arrived, at 3:42 a.m.

Inside Price found the two daughters, ages 7 and 3, who he stated had been left home alone “for an extended period of time.”

Aside from public intoxication, Jessica Pearson was charged with two counts of child neglect.

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services was called to the scene, and both girls were placed in the custody of their grandmother.

Jessica Pearson is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Oct. 19.

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