Brandy Nicole Alsdorf, 30, and Robert James Roark, 27
Bluff City parents have been arrested after their two toddlers were allegedly found wandering unattended near a highway.
Police say the children, each age two, had been left alone with a man who had fallen asleep, with officers being at the scene approximately two hours before their parents returned home. Drugs and paraphernalia, including syringes, were reportedly located in the residence, while the third individual also has charges pending in the incident.
Bluff City Police Department Det. Jeff Dotson says officers were dispatched to the Bluff City Highway at 11:30 Tuesday morning. When police arrived the toddlers were being tended to by individuals who had found them alone and unsupervised beside the road.
Dotson says the children's residence was soon located in the 4000 block of Bluff City Highway, where officers found a man asleep on the sofa. After waking the man, Billy Lane, 28, of Blountville, investigators learned the children's parents weren't home.
A check of Lane's records revealed he had an active warrant out of Sullivan County for failure to pay child support. He was arrested at the scene, with Dotson adding that additional charges are pending in relation to an ongoing investigation of the unattended children.
Police were reportedly at the home for approximately two hours before the children's parents arrived. Brandy Nicole Alsdorf, 30, and Robert James Roark, 27, consented to a search of their residence. Police say they located drug paraphernalia and syringes, one of which contained a "liquid substance."
Alsdorf and Roark were arrested and charged with child abuse and neglect, simple possession/casual exchange of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Alsdorf is also charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license, with both being booked into the Sullivan County jail in Blountville.
An investigation into the incident is continuing. The Department of Children’s Services responded to the scene to take custody of the children.