Williamsburg parent behind bars on several charges

One man is behind bars on several charges, including wanton endangerment, after allegations that he abused his daughter.

The incident started when James Canady wrecked his vehicle and concerned neighbors flagged down police.

James and Taytum Canady caused quite a stir last Thursday on RD Rains Road in Williamsburg.

"Concered neighbors informed the officers that they appeared to be under the influence and that the kids hadn't had anything to eat since they'd been home from school," said Wayne Bird, Williamsburg Police Chief.

Police say the incident started at the end of the road the Canadys live on.

James Canady wrecked his vehicle at the end of RD Rains Road and then abandoned it with his daughters inside.

When the police arrived, they say it was obvious the parents were indeed both under the influence.

"One of the children made allegations to the officers that she had a black eye, and she made allegations that her father had punched her in the eye on the way to school that morning," said Chief Bird.

Taytum was charged with public intoxication and hindering prosecution and bonded out of jail.

"After Mr. Canady was arrested and placed in the patrol car, she came over to the patrol car and opened the door and tried to let him out," said Chief Bird.

Police had to physically restrain James to bring him into custody.

James is still in the Whitley County Detention Center on a $2,500 cash bond.

Both James and Taytum declined an interview.

James' charges include public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, menacing, fourth degree assault, and first degree wanton endangerment.

Social services removed the children from their parents' home and are investigating.


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