The parents of a child in Knoxville have been charged with abandonment of a dependent after their 18-month-old was found wandering in the street several blocks from their home for the third time in one month.
Knoxville Police Officers charged Lacy Jo Eiteman and Kenrick Alan Long after repeatedly returning their child to them. The child wasn’t wearing pants when found by officers and the apartment was open when he was returned with his parents asleep inside. Lieutenant Aaron Fuller tells KNIA/KRLS News close supervision of children is essential to their safety. He says making sure children cannot get into the open is important as traffic, animals and abductions all pose very real dangers to a young life. Eiteman and Long were charged with abandonment of a dependent, a class C felony.