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Mom cited for leaving toddler in filthy conditions

By: Gabriel Roxas Email
By: Gabriel Roxas Email

Police say they were conditions unsuitable for anyone, much less a 14-month-old child. Social service is now investigating after Nicholasville Police say they found a toddler living in filthy conditions and surrounded by drugs.

No one answered the door at the home on Edwards Drive when WKYT came knocking, but police say 29-year-old Melinda Clemmons invited them in when they showed up to investigate 911 hang-up calls. That's when officers say they were overwhelmed by a cloud of marijuana smoke, filthy conditions, and a 14-month-old little girl in the center of it all.

"That's devastating to hear, a child treated that way, said Rudy Flannery, who lives just a few houses down from Clemmons, "It should be unheard of." Neighbors like Flannery were shocked to learn about the conditions inside the home of someone they thought they knew. "From what I've seen of her, thought she was a nice person. They've come to our yard sales and everything, and you don't think something like that is ever going to happen, that anybody would treat a child that way. It's depressing."

Police say 31-year-old Matthew Cockerham was also in the home where they found prescription narcotics but no prescriptions, and that was only the beginning. "There were used diapers laying everywhere," Nicholasville Police Officer Kevin Grimes said, "Sitting on the table in the room was a potty used for training purposes, and it was full of feces."

Police cited both adults for possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child, and Cockerham was arrested for an unrelated parole violation. "In the case with Miss Clemmons, the charges that she was facing at that time were not what we would classify as arrestable misdemeanors, so she was only cited and released back at the scene," Grimes explained.

Police say the toddler's grandmother initially took the child to safety, but custody will depend on the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

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