Mother Arrested For Leaving Infant In Car

A mother is arrested after police say she left her infant in the car while she shopped at Wal-Mart.

Somerset police say 22-year old Joni Helton left her baby in the car with the air conditioning on for half an hour.

Police say when they found Helton she appeared to be under the influence. Police say they also found a bottle of Xanax in the car.

Helton is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of a controlled substance.

The baby is with relatives.


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  • by kymom Location: lexington on Sep 10, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    Sounds to me like there are a lot of people who should be on the pill! I just don't get it! Why do we keep hearing stories like this?! When are people going to realize that you don't leave children in a car by themselves?! Maybe we should make it plain for these idiots. Make them watch a video and sign a paper before they leave the hospital with the baby that they will not ever leave it in the car alone! If they want to act like idiots, then they will be treated like them! These are "unwritten rules"! Don't leave kids in the car, don't shake a baby, don't go to sleep and let the child run off! Geez, people! Get a brain!!!!!
  • by Rebecca Location: Hazard on Sep 9, 2008 at 08:48 PM
    Let me tell you something, who ever annonymous is. Just because we are from Kentucky does not matter. This is a child we are talking about not a doll. No child I dont care where they are from needs to be left in a car alone. The mother should be put in jail and left there. This is a child and it deserves someone that cares and loves it, not a drug addact mother.
  • by Sharon Location: Ky. on Sep 9, 2008 at 08:37 PM
    That's the problem no one wants to get involved. That is why we hear stuff like this. I say get rid of that stupid store employee for being so stupid and not caring for another human life. As for the mother she needs the child took. Thank God for the good people that did care enough to get involved. We need more like you all.
  • by pickup man Location: inez on Sep 9, 2008 at 01:42 PM
    If she doesnt want to take care of her children she needs to stay off of her back and not have them. Thats one thing wrong with the world now days they have them and we take care of them.
  • by Dwayne Location: Lexington on Sep 9, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    Put her in jail or send her back where she came from with her attorney.
  • by gail Location: frenchburg on Sep 9, 2008 at 05:31 AM
    Reading some of the comments below make me realize why people think bad of Kentucky! doesn't matter who the child is he was in distress and the mother needs to be put into jail for what she has done better yet seems she isn't from this country so send her back to where ever she came from. As for bath an beyond. I will never shop there again and others need to do the same until they FIRE the employee that had NO compassion for a child in those circumstances! Don't try and re-educate/train FIRE them! There is no excuse for not allowing the person to use the phone. Would that person have been the same if someone was dying on the street in front of the store!?
  • by Bill Location: Pike on Sep 9, 2008 at 04:47 AM
    Look you could wrap them in a pink ribbon and stamp free on thier fore head, and no would take them.Its all in your mind, no one wants your brats.Except the state,so some foster parent,cop,lawyer,and the judges can make money on them.You people are being duped.
  • by ladybug Location: ky on Sep 8, 2008 at 09:39 PM
    wow" they are more concerned about puppies. in this world instead of children .Their will be more done because of those pups in a bag on the highway than this child...or any child. Did you know? their are no rights for unborn children in ky...They cant do anything to moms on drugs.. their is a girl in our town now, that’s on hard drugs and pregnant for the third time. we reported her, their are no rights for unborn children in ky...Anyone reading this write letters to our governor lets get this changed...Lets speak for the children..
  • by LORI Location: LEXINGTON on Sep 8, 2008 at 11:21 AM
    BILL BILL BILL YOUR MAMA SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE PILL!! Some people do not need to have any kids. Stoned or not atleast the air was un unlike the other idiot at bed bath & beyond. I would just like to know when people are going to get in in their head that you NEVER EVER LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN A CAR OR ANYWHERE ELSE!!!!!!
  • by Tarja Asukas Location: LEXINGTON on Sep 8, 2008 at 11:04 AM
    typical Pulaski County people! everything awful happens in that hillbilly town!

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