Whitley County child calls 911 after being left home alone

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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is in jail accused of leaving a 9-year-old girl home alone.

Deputies say the child called 911 at 3 a.m. to report she had not seen her mother for more than a day and that her father left with another child.

"The child, you have to give credit for being mature enough to call 911, to call someone," said Sheriff Colan Harrell. "You've just got to appreciate the child was mature enough to call instead of running outside maybe getting hit maybe walking into a snake pit, you never know."

In the 911 call, the girl told dispatchers that her mom left two days prior to purchase cigarettes, but never returned home.

While investigating, deputies say Kentucky State Police troopers found the mother at a home in Laurel County. Police did not arrest her at the time.

Deputies say the mother returned home and KSP later responded because of a disturbance and arrested Rhonda Flood, 27. They charged her with public intoxication, second-degree disorderly conduct, and menacing.

The next day, deputies stopped Courtney Flood, 35, for a seatbelt violation. Police identified Flood as the father who abandoned the child, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies arrested Flood for traffic and drug violations, as well as child endangerment.

"The reaction comes first as a parent. I have four children of my own and at no time did I ever leave them alone at this age." Sheriff Harrell said. "Of course, then there's the reaction as sheriff. You've got to investigate this crime and take what action is needed."

Rhonda Flood bonded out of jail and is scheduled to be arraigned November 28th.

The sheriff says the child appears to be doing well. Deputies worked with social services to make sure the child is safe.

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