KPD: Infant found in filth after mother passes out on 2-year-old

Rain Smith • Jun 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM

A Kingsport woman has been arrested after she was allegedly found passed out on top of her daughter, age 2, while her infant son was left in a filthy crib with scurrying roaches. Amber K. Jones, 25, of 1000 Stonegate Road, apartment F8, is charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse or neglect. According to an affidavit filed in Kingsport court, at approximately 9 a.m. Thursday police were requested to conduct a welfare check at her apartment. An officer reportedly beat on the door several minutes but received no response. Central dispatch then called Jones' residence, with the officer outside hearing a phone ring nearly 20 times. Contact was still not established. The apartment manager was then called upon to open the door, with police allegedly finding Jones, "asleep on her sofa on top of her 2-year-old daughter." Court records state Jones was yelled at multiple times, but didn't stir until physically shaken by the apartment manager. She is alleged to have then "staggered" to the door to speak with police, holding on to the door frame to remain upright. She reportedly admitted to "going out" the night before and taking Klonopin given to her by a friend — but acted "dazed and confused" when questioned about the whereabouts of her children.Upon receiving consent to conduct a search police entered the apartment, where they, "immediately encountered several dozen, various size roaches crawling on the floor, ceiling and walls." The affidavit states Jones' infant son was found inside a crib with "unsanitary, filthy bedding" and dressed in dirty clothes.The reporting officer also notes the presence of a discarded cigarette butt in the crib — along with more roaches crawling over food crumbs and wrappers."Also in the crib were several choking hazards," reads the affidavit, "such as plastic string, coins and paper."Floors, tables and various furniture throughout the apartment was reportedly littered with old food, dirty diapers and various debris. No formula for the infant was located, according to police, but Jones claimed to have recently fed the two-year-old a meal from a fast food restaurant. The affidavit states Jones was "unable to provide evidence" that supported that assertion.The Department of Children's Services responded to scene, while Jones was tested for drugs. Court records state the results came back positive for cocaine and benzodiazepines. Jones was arrested and booked into the city jail and later transferred to the Sullivan County jail in Blountville. She remained held there on Friday afternoon on a $25,000 bond.

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