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Mother jailed after child found wandering streets

October 25, 2018 GMT

The Herald-Dispatch

CULLODEN — A mother was jailed Tuesday after a 5-year-old child was found wandering alone along a busy Cabell County roadway.

Tiffany Dawn Pratt, 30, of Red House, West Virginia, was jailed at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. The Cabell County Sheriff’s Department charged her with child abuse. Her bond was set at $25,000.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, police received calls about a 5-year-old wandering in traffic in the 1900 block of U.S. 60 in Culloden, near the intersection of James River Turnpike Road. The stretch of U.S. 60 has a speed limit of 40 mph, with a 55 mph speed limit nearby.

Officers eventually made contact with the child’s mother, Pratt, who they said appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance. She could not keep her eyes open while speaking with officers and had slurred speech, officers said.

Pratt allegedly told police she did not know where her child was and that he probably got out while she was sleeping, which she said happens all the time. When asked if she had used narcotics earlier in the day, Pratt allegedly told police “Oh my God, here we go again. I’m a recovering addict. I don’t use narcotics anymore.”

Pratt also stated she had Child Protective Services and police called on her before and it was not a big deal.

The defendant is currently housed at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.