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Parents arrested after police say child found in road

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Jan 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-18 12:14:07-05

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — The parents of a two year-old girl are in jail after the child was found walking in the middle of a road wearing only a diaper.

26 year-old Robert Allen Williams and 21 year-old Patsy Murley are each charged with first-degree wanton endangerment.

Police say the outside temperature in Barbourville, Knox County, was 41 degrees yesterday when the little girl was found, and she was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The parents told police they had been asleep, and didn't know the girl had gotten out of the house.

Social workers told police that a similar incident happened last month.

Police say the parents were also given a drug screen and tested positive for marijuana.

The couple's three children were placed in the custody of a relative.