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Garrard County mother faces wanton endangerment charge

GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Some disturbing accusations are surfacing against a Kentucky mother. Investigators say she abandoned her diabetic teenage daughter inside a home with little food and no running water.

Police arrested Joyce Sands in Knox County.

Joyce Sands is facing several charges out of Garrard County after investigators say she abandoned her diabetic teenage daughter. Her neighbors tell us earlier this month, Sands left her home with all her kids in tow, except for the 15-year-old.

Neighbors say after about a week they realized that the 15-year-old diabetic daughter was still inside the home. They say she had little food and no water, so they gave her something to eat and called the landlord.

Investigators say the teen had to be hospitalized at first because of her blood sugar levels.

Neighbors don't paint a pretty picture of Sands. They say they could often hear shouting and yelling coming from the home.

Investigators say more charges could be coming in the case. They say they need to assess the health of Sands' other children first.


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