Kentucky parents arrested after infant was wearing 'minimal clothing' in 35-degree weather

Posted at 7:45 AM, Jan 10, 2020

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Police arrested two people after they found an infant lying in a Laurel County roadway Thursday morning.

According to the Laurel County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a complaint of a woman running down Vaughn Ridge Road at 3:15 a.m. Thursday. When officers arrived, they found a woman who appeared to be under the influence and an infant in the roadway. The temperature at the time was 35 degrees, and the infant was wearing what police described as "minimal clothing."

The five-and-a-half-month-old boy was checked out by EMS.

When officers went to the woman's home, they found the father of the child and noted he also appeared to be under the influence of an "unknown substance." The temperature inside the resident was 60 degrees.

Child welfare removed both the infant and their older sibling from the home.

Destiny Dawn McQueen, 21, and Michael August, 49, were both charged with wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor and public intoxication. Police also charged McQueen with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

Police sent both to the Laurel County Detention Center.

This story was originally published by WLEX in Lexington, Kentucky.