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Kingsport couple face charges after toddler found in street

March 1st, 2012 12:27 pm by Rain Smith

Kingsport couple face charges after toddler found in street

Jacob Suthers, Megan Suthers

KINGSPORT — A young Kingsport couple face charges of attempted child endangerment and other counts after a 2-year-old girl was found wandering in the street Thursday morning wearing a dirty diaper and no shoes or socks.


The child was found about 11:25 a.m. by Linda Lemons, a resident of Ingram Street. Lemons spotted the girl in the roadway while opening a window of her home.


Kingsport police scoured the area for hours, knocking on doors and asking nearby residents if they recognized the child. Police also conducted a reverse 911 call to homes in the vicinity, alerting people that a young girl had been found.


Eventually the girl was placed in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services.


Police said Megan Suthers, 21, 1804 Kite St., contacted the Kingsport Police Department at 2:47 p.m., stating her child was missing.


Police officers responded to the home to speak with Suthers. On arrival, police said marijuana residue was located inside the apartment.


Based on an investigation into the incident, police said Suthers and her husband, the child’s stepfather, Jacob Suthers, 20, will be charged with attempted child neglect, attempted child endangerment, and maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are used or sold.


Lemons said the girl wasn’t physically or mentally distressed when located, and jabbered to residents and police officers when questioned.


Lemons said that besides being found with no shoes or socks, the child appeared to be fairly well-kept with clean hair and painted nails.

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