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Police find child trapped by crib, mother passed out

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
Winchester Police arrested 21-year-old Jessica Velcoff after they found her child trapped next to a crib Wednesday morning.

Jessica Velcoff

Police say they could hear a toddler screaming throughout an apartment complex in Winchester Wednesday morning.The 20-month-old was whisked to the hospital moments after police were able to reach it.

"Found a 20-month old child pinned between the side of the crib and the wall," explained Captain James Hall of the Winchester Police Department. "He (a police officer) also found the mother unconscious, unresponsive in the residence."

Captain Hall says Social Workers were going to check on children living in another apartment in the complex on Buffalo Trace when they heard the frantic screams of the child. They called police when they couldn't get anyone to answer the door. Officers say forced the door open and found 21-year-old Jessica Velcoff passed out.

"The baby is fine, just getting checked out at the hospital," Hall said.

When first responders left the scene, apartment managers kicked our cameras off the property, all while Velcoff was getting booked in jail.

"She just said she was under the influence and had just passed out," Hall said.

Police say the 21-year-old mother was high on Percocet and had been asleep for a long time. Now they say this situation points to a bigger problem in the community.

"Unfortunately, we see this more and more. Parents that are fighting addiction and that addiction takes priority over their children in some cases. And its sad for the child and sad for the parent because they often lose the child," Hall said.

Velcoff was charged with first degree wanton endangerment and possession of a controlled substance. The child was taken into protective custody.

Velcoff declined our request for an interview.

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