Woman arrested at saloon, child found alone in Kingsport motel room

Rain Smith • Jan 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM

A woman was arrested early New Year's Day after a small child was found alone in a Kingsport motel room.

The woman, whose relationship to the child was redacted from a police report released to the media, was allegedly found at the Hog Wild Saloon.

According to the report from Kingsport police, the incident occurred Friday at approximately 2 a.m. Officers were called to the Westside Inn, 1017 West Stone Drive, in reference to an unattended child.

A couple preparing to check out of the motel reported hearing a banging noise and, "small child yelling for help." The police report says the couple pinpointed the noises as coming from the room next to theirs, where the door was held cracked open by the safety lock.

Statements given to police say no one was in the room but the small child, who was, "trying to get out and screaming for help." The couple reported they went to the motel room's back glass door, where the child allegedly let them in and ran into their arms. They then took the child to the motel office and called police.

When police arrived and checked the room, they saw the TV was on and toys were on a table. Another table in the room held empty baggies and an open pocket knife.

"There were also things thrown about the room around the front door as if the child had been up awhile," reads the police report.

At the adjacent Hog Wild Saloon, 1009 West Stone Drive, police located Chasity A. Robinson, 22. Robinson, of 816 Teasel Drive, Apartment No. 210. According to the police report she appeared to be under the influence.

Robinson told police she and her boyfriend had rented a room at the Westside Inn. She said she had drunk a beer about four hours ago in the room, but stayed there with the child while her boyfriend went to Hog Wild. When the child went to sleep, according to Robinson, she then went to the bar to get her boyfriend.

Robinson told police she, "was only gone 10-15 minutes but had another beer while there and the child must have woke up."

Robinson was charged with child neglect, arrested and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. Police say Robinson's boyfriend could not be located, nor could the contacts she provided to take care of the child during her incarceration.

Department of Children's Services were contacted, according to police, with a case manager responding about three hours later to take possession of the child.

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