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Danville mom charged with endangering child

A Danville woman was arrested after police say she became heavily intoxicated in front of her child and tried to run away from officers.

A man called Danville police just before 11:40 p.m. Monday while he was out of town because his wife, Leslie McPherson, was afraid someone in the house was trying to kidnap her, according to a news release from Danville police. Police went to the couple's home on West Walnut Street and found McPherson heavily intoxicated in a neighbor's yard, police said.

Officers found two adults, Jane Turk and James White, in McPherson's home. The two also were heavily intoxicated, police said. None of the adults was competent enough to take care of McPherson's child, who had watched the adults drink, police said.

Officers arrested McPherson for alcohol intoxication and endangering the welfare of a minor, but she was not handcuffed because her child was there, police said. When an officer turned his back to attend to the child, McPherson ran out the back door, according to police.

A Boyle County sheriff's deputy caught McPherson on Lebanon Road as officers were setting up a perimeter, police said. She was additionally charged with third-degree escape and second-degree fleeing and evading. Her child is in the custody of social services.