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Mother, father arrested after child found in woods near pond

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A call came into the Laurel County Sheriff's Office about a child wandering close to US 25 near Village Wood Court on Saturday.

Deputies were directed by neighbors to a home, where they found a five-year-old outside. When they went inside, deputies say they found a mess.

"They noticed dog feces all over the residence. This was situation where it was so deplorable that the officers felt like they had to call social service. We all have animals in our house but we don't have feces everywhere," says Laurel County Sheriff's deputy, Gilbert Acciardo.

While questioning the parents, 26-year-old Natasha May and 48-year-old Joseph Fentress, deputies say they realized their 2-year-old son was missing.

"Why wasn't she concerned before we got there," asked Acciardo.

According to deputies, a neighbor found the boy alone in the woods by a pond.

"When he was found he was probably 3 feet from the water," says neighbor, Danny Green.

Aside from some scrapes, Stevan was alright.

"It could have been a real tragic set of circumstances. They definitely were supervised properly," adds Acciardo.

May and Fentress are now in jail charged with wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Both parents declined WKYT's request for an interview from jail.

Relatives and neighbors acknowledge Fentress and May made a big mistake.

"You've got to constantly keep your eye on a 2-year-old, that's just the way life is," adds Green.

But, most neighbors still consider them good parents.

"The kids were always fed. They were always bathed. She's a really good mother and he's a good father, " says Darlene Smith, a neighbor.

According to family, 5-year-old Kenneth Dale and 2-year-old Stevan were unharmed and are staying with family.


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