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Parents charged with neglect after nearly nude autistic boy found wandering in Carter County

November 4th, 2013 8:14 pm by John Thompson, NET News Service

Parents charged with neglect after nearly nude autistic boy found wandering in Carter County

Steve Kelly Phillips and Tracy Darlene Phillips

ELIZABETHTON — The parents of a 7-year-old boy were arrested Saturday morning on child neglect charges after neighbors found the boy wandering around the neighborhood alone and without warm clothes on a chilly morning.

Steve Kelly Phillips, 28, and Tracy Darlene Phillips, 29, both of 149 Mil Pond Road, Lot 13, were each charged with child neglect by Carter County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Range.

Range reported that he was dispatched to the neighborhood at 9:50 a.m. on a complaint by a neighbor who said he saw a small child wandering around vehicles and running through the yard. Range found the child and attempted to speak with him, but aid he was not able to establish a dialogue.

Read the full report on the Johnson City Press website.


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