FRANKFORT, KY. (WKYT) - A Franklin County man awaiting sentencing in a child abuse case is in trouble with the law again. Investigators say Justin May, 26, was dealing heroin out of his home on Field Avenue.
"He's a local boy that is up to no good," said attorney Zach Becker.
Becker said that about a month ago, authorities received an anonymous tip that May was selling heroin.
"It's really one of those things that's really just a dime a dozen at this point, unfortunately," said Becker.
On Wednesday, authorities arrested May and his girlfriend, Kristen Kincaid, 28. After searching their home, authorities said they found about $5,000 worth of heroin locked away in a safe, a shotgun and a large amount of cash. They also found May's 9-year-old son and Kincaid's two young children inside the home.
"They seemed like friendly people, didn't have a problem with them, not one," said May's landlord, who didn't want to be identified. "Outwardly, everything looked fine and they looked like a nice family, so I went ahead and rented to them."
May's most recent arrest came just days before he was supposed to be sentenced on child abuse charges. In a separate case, May pleaded guilty to beating his then-girlfriend's six-year-old daughter in 2013.
"She had received injuries, bruises throughout most of her body on her abdomen, ribcage, shins and elbows," said Becker.
"He would never in his life abuse a child, ever," said Justin May's mother, Kim May.
Kim May said her son has issues with drugs, but he's innocent when it comes to the child abuse charges.
"I think he knows he messed up this time with the drugs in the house, but the other charges, Justin did not do that. He's not that type of person," said Kim May.
Kim May insisted that the three children found in the home Wednesday were never in any danger. She believes her son needs help.
"I'm sick with it, I'm sick with it. I am. I am sad to see my son in the situation he's in," said Kim May.
Both Justin May and Kincaid are charged with trafficking a controlled substance. The charges could get them 25 years in prison. Justin May will be charged on the child abuse charges on July 11. He could spend up to four years in prison.